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Apple MacBook Pro launch specs leaked

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, 23 Feb 2011News

Snaps of Apple's imminent update to the MacBook Pro range have been leaked confirming most of the rumours doing the rounds.

As we recently predicted, Intel's Light Peak connectivity standard makes a showing in a slightly different form judging from the snaps which appear to have been lifted from the stock room of a German retailer.

Renamed 'thunderbolt', the Light Peak variant seems to be copper-based rather than the original fibre-optic spec and replaces the Mini-Display Port, although the legend on the packaging seems to suggest that Thunderbolt will be taking on external display duties for DisplayPort-equipped monitors as well as high-speed data transfer.

Which is just as well because there are exactly zero Thunderbolt-compatible I/O devices out there as we write.

The full specs on the model shown include a 2.3GHz Intel Dual Core i5 processor with 3MB of L3 cache, 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive, a 13.3-inch 1280 x 800 LED display and integrated HD 3000 Intel graphics.

Apart from the inclusion of Thunderbolt, the biggest apparent change is the inclusion of an SDXC card reader, which has been a long time coming.

Everything else is as you would expect but the widely predicted chassis redesign doesn't seem to have arrived, judging by the blurrycam pics on offer.

German-speaking MacBook floggers should expect a visit from jackbooted Apple employees any minute now because, if this leak did come from a reseller, somone is gonna lose their licence.

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