Apple MacBook Pro 2014 Release Roundup: Holiday Release, Broadwell Chips and New TrackPad
By Precious Silva | June 10, 2014 3:57 PM EST
Following Apple's announcement of the iOS 8 and other new services during its Worldwide Developers Conference, attention now turns to upcoming hardware cycles from the company. The tech giant will reportedly be releasing its iMac and MacBook Pro series near the holidays. More importantly, the upcoming set of MacBook Pros will come with a new trackpad, fanless design and Intel Broadwell chips. Can the 2014 MacBook Pro deliver?
Apple admits the new 13in MacBook Pro has a problematic keyboard and trackpad. (Reuters)
Previously, there were only rumors about a fanless 12-inch MacBook until Intel's recent announcement. The company just created a new 14nm Core M Broadwell processor that can turn the design into a reality. According to Intel's announcement (via 9to5Mac):
"The Intel® CoreTM M processor will deliver the most energy-efficient Intel Core processor in the company's history. The majority of designs based on this new chip are expected to be fanless ..."
The much talked about 12-inch MacBook unit came from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction. Kuo is best known for reliable Apple forecasts. According to the analyst, the device should be released around the third quarter of this year. If Apple will use Intel's Broadwell chips then launch may just be around that time or a little later. According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the processors will be released during the holiday season. Reuters quoted Krzanich:
"I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday...Back to school - that's a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That's going to be tough."
Krzanich said that there was a delay in the production of Broadwell ships but the company will be ready to ship later this year.
In relation to the release of the MacBook Pro, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent describing the use of sensors and actuator in place of the standard "clickable" integrated button on the device's keyboard. The new trackpad will offer tactile feedback for improved user experience. The patent goes by U.S. Patent No. 8,633,916 entitled "Touch pad with force sensors and actuator feedback."
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