Many of you were happy upon hearing rumors about the possibility of a Retina Display being fitted into the next Macbook Pro model, but there is still an ongoing cloud of mystery on when Apple will actually announce their highly anticipated refresh.
With less than one month to go until Apple’s annual WWDC conference, all signs are now pointing to an unveiling at the event in San Francisco. Evidence of a WWDC 2012 announcement could have been hinted in some recent benchmark sightings as not one, but two unannounced Apple products have shown up.
Recent benchmark tests provided by Geekbench have referenced a new MacBook Pro with the build label of ‘MacBook9,1’. Mac sleuths may realize that the current build labels officially are 8,1, 8,2 and 8,3 so 9,1 is definitely a new MacbookPro. The processor highlighted with the benchmark tests is also of interest, as we could be seeing a new MacBook Pro with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3820QM quad-core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz.
There is also a listing for a whopping 8GB of RAM, so if this turns out to be true, we could be looking at one of the high-end models of Apple’s upcoming 2012 MacBook Pro refresh. The premium MacBook Pro option right now is a 17-inch 2.4Ghz quad-core i7 model, which comes with a respectable 4GB of RAM.
However, if Apple take to the stage at WWDC and unleash an 8GB RAM MacBook Pro with a quad-core 2.7Ghz i7 processor with a 13-inch display – you can imagine how pleased some consumers are going to be. Does this mean that Apple’s MacBook Air range are due for an 8GB upgrade as well? We really hope so, as the Air remains our preference over the Pro.
You can view the benchmark results here, so you can draw your own conclusions of it. It’s safe to say that a new model is coming soon, but what specs upgrade would be the perfect refresh for you?