According to Digitimes, Apple's subcontractors will start the production of the new MacBook Pro around mid-April. Since Intel is spreading the launch of the new Ivy-Bridge over several months, only the 15" (and probably 17") models will be assembled at first. Around 200,000 units should be produced before the launch probably early May.
We will have to wait for June to see the launch of the 13" as the dual core processors won't be available before that. Between 300,000 and 400,000 units should be ready for launch day.
With what we already know about the new CPUs available from Intel, the models coming out in May will feature Core i7 processors with 4 cores and 8 threads, clocked at 2.6 and 2.7 GHz with the Turbo mode allowing to gain 1 GHz of power when needed.
For the 13" models, as said above, Apple should keep the dual core processors (4 threads) clocked between 2.6 and 2.9 GHz, also with Turbo mode.
The biggest surprise will probably be on the design of the new models, which should be thinner than the current model while abandoning the SuperDrive. We also hope for a higher resolution display, as the current standard resolution is rather low compared to what is offered on direct competitors of the MacBook Pro and even on the last model of iPad.
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