MacBook Pro Hardware Specs Leak? Light Peak Port Named 'Thunderbolt'

Posted: Feb 23 2011, 7:47am CST | by , in Rumors | Apple


MacBook Pro Hardware Specs Leak? Light Peak Port named 'Thunderbolt'
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One big leak before tomorrow's big event.

The cat is out of the aluminum unibody frame. AppleInsider has received leaked hardware specifications and screenshots of a new MacBook Pro. Or an alleged new MacBook Pro. This new 13" notebook will have an Intel Light Peak port, codenamed "Thunderbolt". A new SDXC card reader is also expected to make it into this line of Pro.

The new Pro is tipped as having a 2.3 GHz Core i5 processor with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1333 MHz. Expect a 320 GB HDD and a 13.3", 1280x800 display. There will be a "high-definition" FaceTime camera and Firewire 800, plus two USB 2.0 slots. The keyboard is backlit and the total weight rolls in at a hair over 2 kg.

Intel's Light Peak technology allows for data transfer speeds far exceeding that of USB 3.0. It is also capable of handling the jobs of a variety of different ports. The ThunderBolt connector for this laptop will support High-Speed E/A and MiniDisplay-Port. This is just the initial roll-out though. We can expect this technology in every Mac, going forward.

The iPad is also a likely place for ThunderBolt. One port 'to rule them all' would allow Apple to get much closer to their 'seamless' dream without requiring a bunch of conversion plugs. We'll see how well the new technology works, and what Apple's spin on it will be, this Thursday.

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