Apple's MacBook Pro soon with Intel Haswell processors
Last June we saw the MacBook Air getting equipped with Intel's highly acclaimed Haswell processors. Initially most people expected a simultaneous rejuvenation of the Pro series, however it didn't happen at the WWDC 2013. Due to the delay only affecting the MacBook Pro, rumors started that Apple had ordered a special Haswell version from Intel. We will know for sure in October once the new MacBook Pro will be available.
Not only is this new Haswell processor supposed to be discernibly faster, it also uses far less energy than the previous Intel processor. Judging from the increase of 7 to 12 hours in battery-life for the new MacBook Air, we can certainly expect a significant increase of operating time per battery charge for the MacBook Pro as well. There was also mention of the possibility to make the MacBook even flatter than it already is. However, since Apple wants to keep the price of the improved MacBook Pro at the same level, that re-design seems rather unlikely at the moment.
Apart from the new Haswell CPU, Apple has more good news for anyone interested in the new model. 802.11ac WLAN promises transfer speeds of up to 1.3 Gbit/s and depending on the model of MacBook Pro we will see up to 16 GB of RAM as well as new GPUs. It remains to be seen whether or not Apple will produce both the standard resolution and Retina MacBook Pros or simply pull the plug on standard resolution models altogether.