Rumored leaked photo of new MacBook Pro port
Supposedly, the top photo is of the new MacBook Pro. We will tell you right away that we are a bit skeptical of the validity of the photo. It just seems so easy to Photoshop. Still, that doesn't mean it can't be real.
The photo underneath it is the current MacBook Pro (image from Apple's website) and you can see that the new Thunderbolt connector is identical to the Mini DisplayPort on all Apple computers. The only difference being that there is one of those electric shock warnings in place of the display icon.
Of course the other side of the argument is that the Mini DisplayPort is a proprietary Apple port (they license it out to other manufacturers for free) so they do own that design. That probably means they can turn it into a Thunderbolt connector if they want to. Even then, our question is still "why?" if the current display port does everything it needs to and the Light Peak technology is meant to be more along the lines of a replacement for USB, Firewire and other such connections. Hey, maybe it will be possible to plug a USB device into an Apple display one day. Not sure how useful that would be though. Moving on.
Another supposed image of the new MacBook Pro
Light Peak is Intel's technology. Intel recently announced a media event that will be held tomorrow in San Francisco to explain the technology, which is about to appear on the market. A document said to be leaked from Apple is making its way around the internet today. It has some info on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro (again, this is all rumor at this point).
There is a mention of some "high-speed I/O technology" that's being called Thunderbolt. Again, no one knows if Light Peak and Thunderbolt are related, it's just speculation at this point.
Apple Holding Secret Meeting
Another rumor says that Apple has had their retail employees to sign some NDAs before a meeting to be held this weekend. Those who refused to sign will not be going to the meeting, according to the rumor.
Still, the meeting may be nothing more than an all-hands meeting about a new in-store service or initiative, says website AppleInsider. Some say that this may be for the new MacBook Pro, but that is rumored to be making its debut tomorrow to coincide with Steve Jobs' birthday. Perhaps they will be getting a run-down of the iPad 2 before the official announcement? Apple has practically confirmed it at this point with the subtle invite. Why not brief the employees on it three days before it's announced? They are signing NDAs for a reason.
New MacBook Pro 13-inch Base-Model Rumored Specs
– 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
- 3MB Shared level 3 cache
- 4GB 1333MHz DDE3 SDRAM
- 320GB 5400-rpm HDD
- 13.3-inch LED glossy display
- 1280 x 800
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with Main Memory
- FaceTime HD camera
- 8x slot-loading SuperDrive
-Thunderbolt port suports high-speed I/O
- SDXC card slot, FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports
- Optical digital audio output/analog line out stereo speakers.
- 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet
-802.11m wifi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- OSX and iLife preinstalled
- Backlit Keyboard and Ambient Light Sensor
- 12.78 x 8.94 x .95 inches
- 4.5 pounds