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French Apple site Mac4Ever (via Google Translate) posted a photo of what appears to be a 15-inch MacBook Pro box. The site also claimed to have obtained several pictures of the 13-inch earlier on Wednesday.
The site was unable to verify exactly which model the box was for, but asserts that it is "without doubt the entry or mid-range," because the 3D card has just 256MB of RAM.
According to the photo, Apple's next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro has:
- An Intel Core 2.0 GHz i7 quad-core processor with a 6MB cache
- 4GB of RAM at 1333 MHz
- 500GB hard drive
- 15.4-inch screen with 1440x900 resolution
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- AMD Radeon HD 6490M GPU with 256MB of memory
- FaceTime HD camera
- 8x SuperDrive
- Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort
- SDXC slot, FireWire 800 port and two USB 2.0 ports
- Audio and Ethernet ports
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- 2.54 kg in weight
Update: Mac-TV.de also obtained details and photos of the boxes of the 15-inch and 17-inch models. Specifications of the 15-inch are the same as listed above.
Specifications for the 17-inch model are said to be the same as well, but with a 2.2GHz Quad Core i7 processor and a screen resolution of 1,920-by-1,200 pixels.
And finally, Mr. X, a known and proven tipster, provided part numbers for the five new MacBook Pro models set to arrive on Thursday:
MC700LL/A - MBP 13.3/2.3/2X2GB/320/SD-USA
MC724LL/A - MBP 13.3/2.7/2X2GB/500/SD-USA
MC721LL/A - MBP 15.4/2.0/2X2GB/500/SD/GLSY-USA
MC723LL/A -MBP 15.4/2.2/2X2GB/750/SD/GLSY-USA
MC725LL/A - MBP 17/2.2/2X2GB/750/SD/GLSY-USA
Mac4Ever has a mixed track record with predicting Apple products. In July of last year, the site incorrectly claimed that Apple would release a 64-bit version of iLife '11 with a 'mystery application.' In September, the site correctly predicted that Apple was working on a FaceTime for Mac application, though a rumored FaceTime for Windows has yet to materialize.
According to one report, Apple will wait until after Intel's press event unveiling the Light Peak/Thunderbolt technology to take the wraps of the new MacBook Pros, though it's also possible that the Mac maker could launch the notebooks online early Thursday morning as usual.