Apple may introduce a quad-core MacBook Pro this year, as Intel has confirmed plans to ship Core 2 Duo-based quad-core processors later in the year.
Intel has developed these processors for use in high-performance laptops, which it sees as portable replacements for powerful desktop systems.
We know Apple won’t comment on future products or speculation, but the new processors are expected to appear in the third quarter. The processor is manufactured using the 45-nanometer process. It’s likely the chips will feature on-board support for WiFi and WiMAX.
The new processors demand significantly more power than those used in current Apple laptops. This suggests Apple may delay the launch of the new products until battery life has been optimised.