Last Thursday, Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes reported that Intel moved the release date of its Ivy Bridge processor from April 29 to April 23. This rumor goes in line with the reports that Asustek, Acer, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard are slated to launch their Ivy Bridge-powered ultrabooks in May. It should be recalled that the chipmaker was reported to announce its next-generation processor between April 22 and 28, and will begin selling it on the 29th.
The news comes after reports that Apple is also set to release its slimmer MacBook Pros in the coming months, with the 15-inch model making the initial debut. But since other PC makers are expected to release the second generation of ultrabooks this May, it only makes sense that the chipmaker lets its upcoming processor hit the stores on an earlier date.
Ivy Bridge Processor: Heading to Redesigned iMacs and MacBook Pros
The redesigned notebooks from Apple is said to be the first to feature Intel’s new chips in the market. This is also in line with the Cupertino-based company’s aim to release notebooks that would adopt a couple of specs from their ultrathin MacBook Air. Thus, the new MacBook Pro will be slimmer, with instant-on capabilities, flash memory-based solid state drives, and without the optical drive.
Other than the MacBook Pros, Apple is also said to power its redesigned iMac with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. Rumored to debut in June, the all-in-one desktop will be thinner and will feature the chipmaker’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Other than that, the iMac will also have an anti-reflective glass display for the first time.
Other Intel Hints
Rumors that Intel will launch the Ivy Bridge Processor on April 23 became stronger due to reports that surfaced last Thursday. It is said that the chipmaker is also shipping its second-generation Thunderbolt controllers, which will be used with the next-generation chips.
Codenamed as “Cactus Ridge,” the controllers will come in two solutions: The 12×12 mm DSL3310 with two lanes of PCI Express bandwidth and 2.1 W of power, and the DSL3510 with four PCI Express lanes and draws 2.8 W. It is speculated that the DSL3310 will be used for Apple notebooks, while the DSL3510 are for desktops.
Other than the Ivy Bridge launch, the next-generation Thunderbolt controllers are additional evidences that Apple will be releasing a new set of laptops. Because of the launching of next generation desktops and laptops, Intel Vice President Kirk Skaugen announced that existing ultrabooks’ prices will drop from $999 to $699.