Despite rumors of new, thinner designs for the MacBook Pro line new leaks say the new lineup will have the same design with faster CPUs.
According to Gizmodo, leaked photos on Chinese message board WeiPhone show a MacBook Pro logic board with new chips but the same basic design as the current model. The boards look the same down to the screw placement which indicates the same unibody design that Apple introduced years ago.
The person who posted the photos claims the new 15-inch MacBook Pro will have the option of a 2.3, 2.5, or 2.7 GHz Ivy Bridge processors, and will use the new Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU with 1GB DDR5 graphics memory.
The specs are similar to the rumored specs from 9To5Mac, which says the 15-inch MacBook Pro will have the option for a 2.3 or 2.6 GHz CPU. The site doesn’t mention what GPU the machines will have, but it does note that all MacBook Pro models will have the same base 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD as the current models.
There is still a chance for a new, thin 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display, however. Apple might announce the new design as a step up from the current models. Both websites claim the thin 15-inch model will carry a MacBook Pro name as opposed to the MacBook Air moniker.
9To5Mac also claims Apple will have a new USB SuperDrive to match the Air-inspired MacBook Pro. The accessory will be necessary for any user who wants to use discs in the new MacBook Pro, as the redesign would leave no room for an optical drive. Our wishful thinking says a Thunderbolt Blu-ray drive would be great, but we have nothing to back it up.
Apple might also announce a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter for the new MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air line so users will no longer have to use a precious USB port for an ethernet connection.
We’ll find out the validity of all these rumors in a few hours when Tim Cook takes the stage at WWDC.