Apple isn’t saying when the new MacBook Pro 2014 will get its release date, or even acknowledge that such a product is in the pipeline, as per its policy of secrecy. So what’s a potential customer who’s trying to time a MacBook Pro purchase to do? Try the old fallback of waiting for an Apple partner or supplier to give away the secret. In this case it’s the CEO of Intel, the company which supplies the processor chips for Apple’s laptops, offering loose-lips hints about when the new Broadwell chip will arrive – and it may be sooner than you think.
The current MacBook Pro runs the Intel Haswell chip, and it’s nearly certain that the new 2014 MacBook Pro will run on the Broadwell architecture. And with Apple’s desire to be the first computer vendor to offer Intel’s new chips, it’s a fair bet that the new MacBook Pro release date will be right in line with the Broadwell launch. It’s anyone’s guess what other new features and changes the new pro notebook will offer, but Broadwell is the one bedrock in the feature set.
Last year the Haswell chip gave the MacBook Pro an eight hour battery life, and this year the Broadwell can expand further upon battery life while giving Apple the ability to make the next MacBook Pro even thinner and lighter thanks to its increased power efficiency. Apple moved its Mac computers from the PowerPC processors to Intel several years ago, and that move has paid off on the laptop side in particular thanks to a low-power focus.
So what is Intel saying about the arrival of Broadwell? The back-to-school timeframe is a crapshoot, but the start of the holiday season is a lock. So in other words, look for the new MacBook Pro 2014 to see its release date somewhere between August and October.