Intel’s Ivy Bridge Processors, Heading to Desktops

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It was revealed last Tuesday that the first-wave of Intel’s next-generation processors will feature quad-core models, majority of which are bound for desktop computers. In a transcript shared by Seeking Alpha, CEO Paul Otellini discussed the details to investors during their quarterly earnings call.

“The first versions of the Ivy Bridge that we’re shipping are quad cores, and then bulk of those [is] going to desktops. And then the second launch of the products is in the dual core, which is the mainstream notebooks.”

The chip maker pushed the launch of the Ivy Bridge processor by three weeks to make sure that there will be enough in their inventory. They are expected to launch the first batch of the next-generation chips next week.

Nevertheless, Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pro could still ship with the upcoming processor under the hood. They could acquire enough units for their device’s initial shipment, even if majority of the Ivy Bridge processors are bound for desktops. As of the moment, the 15 and 17-inch notebooks make use of the quad-core processor, while the 13-inch models sport dual-core processor.

Backorder Status for Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro

Last week, it was reported that existing 15-inch MacBook Pro models are running on a backorder status on multiple authorized resellers. Distributor J&R listed their 2.2 GHz model as “out of stock” and their 2.4 GHz units were “on order.” MacConnection’s 2.2 GHz model also went out of stock for a little while. Online retailer Best Buy has stopped accepting online orders for their 2.4 GHz model for home delivery.

The backorder status of multiple Apple retailers suggests that the company is ramping down the production of existing 15-inch notebooks before introducing a new production line. The stock-outs also occurred following the reports that Intel is gearing up to roll out its Ivy Bridge processors. Its Core i5 and i7 are rumored to head on to the redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Slimmer and Lighter MacBooks

Other than the Ivy Bridge processor, which features an integrated 4000 HD graphics, Apple is also planning to release a slimmer and lighter MacBook Pro. Drawing upon the design traits of the ultrathin MacBook Air, the 15 and 13-inch models will have an instant-on capabilities, flash memory-based solid state drives and ultrathin enclosure. On the other hand, the 17-inch model will retain its design.

The lack of dual-core options for Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors suggests that the updated MacBook Pro is unlikely to arrive on the end of the second quarter of 2012. Whether Apple can lead the ultrabook market in the months to come remains to be seen.

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