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2011 Mac Pro and MacBook Air imminent: Release roundup

2011 could be the year that Apple would have updated all of their devices, if we were to believe some of the recent rumors. They have already updated their MacBook Pro and iMac range, as well as their Time Capsule to a 3TB version. We also know that there is to be a new iPhone and possibly iPod and Touch, and not forgetting that the 2011 Mac Pro and MacBook Air are imminent. We thought we would offer a release roundup of these two devices, just to get us in the mood for the refresh of both models.

We know that Apple do have other products that need an upgrade, but those listed above are the most important to Apple customers, and those that make them the most money — well apart from that Time Capsule that is. We already spoke a few days back about how both the Mac Pro and the Mac Mini will come pre-installed with Mac OS X Lion, which tells us that they will either be released in late July or anytime after that. Our guess would be early August.

There were some comments saying that the Mac Pro had already been updated back in March, but people were getting confused, as that was the MacBook Pro. The current range of Mac Pros use either 6, 8 or 12 cores, but a recent article on 9 to 5 Mac suggests that the 2011 refresh could be upped to 16 cores.

So you can see this Mac Pro upgrade sneaked up on us all, so there is not much more we can tell you. However, the MacBook Air is another story. The most recent rumor also suggested that the MacBook Air was to be released with Lion, which is why the refresh has been delayed. This is a good thing, because that means that the new model will be up and running on what is said to become the best OS on the market.

Another article of ours looked at how a future MBA, maybe the 2012 version will make the SSD obsolete. The new technology is called Content Addressable Memory (CAM) technology, but we are a little skeptical of this claim, as SSD is still pretty new technology and has not been utilized in a way that it should be.

Our last rumor that we will cover looks at the possibility of the MacBook Air being run by an A5 processor instead of the much-wanted Intel Sandy Bridge CPU. We cannot see that there is any truth to this, as that would mean that Apple would put a greater emphasis on battery life and not performance.

Our final word is this; if we have learned anything then it’s not to take too much notice of rumors regarding Apple devices, not until they actually announce it themselves.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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