Apple is planning to release an update to the MacBook Pro line that will use Intel’s new Core i5 and/or i7 processors, according to Taiwanese newspaper The Apple Daily. Citing sources in Apple’s component chain, the media outlet said that shortages of Intel’s processors delayed a March refresh of the MacBook Pro line, but that supply was now sufficient for a launch as early as April (or maybe June).
According to the report, Apple will be offering hard drives in the new version up to 640GB with an SSD drive option as large as 248GB.
The units will also reportedly feature battery life of 8 hours, up from the 7 hours advertised for the current generation of pro portables. Ars Technica noted that the increased battery life may be attributable to the use of Nvidia’s Optimus platform, a graphics solution aimed at the portable market that can switch on-the-fly between the integrated graphics processing included on Intel’s Core i processors, which uses less power, and the dedicated Nvidia GPU, which offers better performance.