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Friday, March 19, 2010, 09:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET)

Briefly: Intel short on supply of MacBook Pro-bound processors

Intel is struggling to meet demand for its new family of Core mobile processors that are widely expected to turn up in the next round of updates to Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of notebook computers, according to a published report.

Citing its usual sources within the notebook sector, sometimes right, sometimes wrong Taiwanese rumor site DigiTimes says Intel's latest Core i7/i5/i3 series notebook chips are currently facing tight supply thanks to a hefty order from Acer, which "optimistic about the upcoming demand" for its related portables.

The brief report, which doesn't specifically name Apple, claims that Intel is giving priority to major clients, which should include the Mac maker, leaving second-tier and smaller notebook makers in the waiting line.

For its part, AppleInsider recently outline alternative factors that may be contributing to Apple's aging notebook offerings in its recent report on dual graphics improvements expected to turn up in new MacBook Pros sometime this year.