We have reason to believe there will be an imminent release of new 2011 Apple Mac’s, these will include the Mac Pro and the Mac Mini. Like the MacBook Air, Apple seems to be waiting until OS X Lion is ready to be rolled out. The earliest we expect to see the refreshed Mac’s will be in August, and will come with a number of updates.
Just two of these updates will include new Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt. With just these two and that new Lion OS we can expect performance enhancements. CNet’s Brian Tong is unable to offer any other details on specs or a precise release date, but one would expect increased graphics and hopefully more RAM as standard. However, the biggest wish is for Apple to stick with their aggressive pricing.
On Tong’s Twitter page there seems to be some confusion with this, as some are saying that there will not be a new Mac Pro update, as there was one in February. Well they need to do their homework a little, as this is not true. Now the last Mac Pro refresh was back in July 2010, that update in February was actually for the MacBook Pro — two very different machines.
Just to clarify something for you, Mac Pro is a desktop and MacBook Pro is a laptop. So now that we have cleared that up let us get back to the matter in hand. We would expect that these two products would be launched just after the new 2011 MacBook Air, as we believe that this will be by the end of this month or in July.
Apple would be a fool to launch all three models at once, they need to have the MBA out first so that users can get on with a device with Mac OS X Lion straight out of the box first. Having said that, Mac owners would have already taken advantage of this new operating system after they had downloaded it from the Mac App Store and then installed it.
Apple has already upgraded the MacBook Pro and the iMac this year, so does look as though they are going through their range slowly to update the aging Intel processers. However, it is the MacBook Air that is in need of this upgrade the most. Yes Apple already gave it a refresh towards the end of 2010, but there was not much improvement made in the performance area.
Having said all that, the one update that Apple users want the most is the new iPhone 5, which as we know has been delayed until September — well going by what we have learned.