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Apple To Launch Next-gen Mac Pro, Mac Mini By August?

Apple is preparing to launch next-generation Mac Pro and Mac Mini systems integrating Intel Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports, according to the latest rumours.

The Mac Pro received its last update in July last year when Apple increased its processing speed by up to 50 percent by integrating 12 Intel Xeon processor cores. Mac Mini was last updated in June 2010 when Apple embedded an HDMI port in the system.

Moreover, the improved systems could be launched towards the end of July or, more likely, during the first week of August, AppleInsider (opens in new tab) reports citing tweets sent by Cnet’s Brian Tong.

”My sources tell me ALL NEW Next-Gen Mac Pros and Mac Minis will launch either end of July first week of August,” with ”[...] Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt on both […]”, Tong revealed on Twitter.

Tong also informs us in his tweets that the upgraded Mac systems will run Apple’s upcoming Lion OS at first boot.

Tong has offered quite a lot of correct predictions before, for example the improved all-in-one desktops were launched in May, just as he had predicted. Taking into account his previous correct estimations, it is safe to say he may be right this time too.

MacBook Air could also integrate Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt ports in the near future, reports have suggested.

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