Ivy Bridge Powered MacBook Pro and iMac On the Way

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A benchmark from the cross-platform benchmarking tool Geekbench revealed results of the yet-to-be released versions of Apple’s MacBook Pro and iMac namely MacBook Pro 9.1 and iMac 13.2. Although nothing is confirmed yet, the model numbers are higher than the company’s existing models. If that would be the case, the benchmarks could serve as an evidence of an upcoming notebook and desktop computer upgrades.

MacBook Pro and iMac Benchmarks

As noted by MacRumors, MacBook Pro 9.1 will run on Mac OS X 10.8 with build number 12A211. It will make use of a 2.7 GHz i7 quad-core processor, which received a benchmark score of 12,252.

The iMac 13.2, on the other hand, will also be powered by a quad-core i7 chip. However, the processor’s number was 3770 and its clock speed is at 3.4 GHz. It operating system will be Mac OS X 10.8 with build number 12A2040.

Citing Geekbench as an accurate source of leaks in the past, the report also noted that the motherboard identifiers for both machines are similar to the Mac models that were discovered in the first OS X 10.8 developer preview.

Intel’s Ivy Bridge Processor on Apple Products

It was late last month when Intel launched its Ivy Bridge processors. Prior to that, CEO Paul Otellini announced that a majority of the first wave of chips will go to desktop computers. It will be followed by a second batch of processors that are bound for ultrabooks, which are set to be released later this quarter.

“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.”

In relation to this, the next-generation processor are said to be featured on Apple’s upcoming batch of Mac products. This is in line with the company’s goal of making a slimmer and lighter lineup of core products. However, the lack of dual-core options from the chip maker’s Ivy Bridge processor suggests that the updated MacBook Pro is unlikely to arrive at the end of this year’s second quarter.

Meanwhile, AMOG previously reported that Apple is rumored to launch a new line of Ivy Bridge-powered iMac this June. The all-in-one desktop will also feature an anti-reflective glass display from G-Tech and slimmer peripherals.


Although nothing is set on a stone yet, more and more rumors are suggesting that Apple will indeed redesign its core products. Hence, users will surely expect a lighter, slimmer and powerful MacBook Pros and iMacs in the coming months.

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