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If you want proof that spanking new Ivy Bridge Macs are soon coming than CultofMac's latest post might interest you. As they note, Best Buy, one of the Mac's largest suppliers, is now offering discounts, and discounts that usually precede any introduction to new Macs.
With discounts ranging from $30-$200 on the Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro, it would seem likely indeed that the newer, spiffier and faster Ivy Bridge Macs are indeed on their way.
Most likely, if you ask me, Apple will probably announce them during, or shortly before or after, its Worldwide Developer Conference next month. Ivy Bridge cpu's not only run faster and cooler than the current Sandy Bridge versions, but with less energy consumption to boot. However, so far Apple itself has been as tight-lipped as ever on any of this, so any clues, as with Best Buy's recent discounts, are appreciated and are an indication, but not necessarily absolute proof, that new Macs are indeed just around the corner.
Also, according to this so-called leaked report by the usually accurate GeekBench folks, we should be seeing overall improvements to the performance of the current Apple crop of sexy notebook and desktop models that are in line with what we are seeing on the PC hardware side.
So, are the recent Best Buy Mac discounts proof that new Ivy Bridge Macs are coming?
In conclusion, they certainly look that way, but I'll believe it more when I start to see other sellers following suit. Personally, I'm convinced that this is most likely the case, and I'm also hoping that rumors that the next Macs, at least in the MacBook area, will also be sporting some eye-popping new Retina displays to go along with all of that Ivy Bridge goodness, with USB 3 and having an ultra-thin form factor. After all, recent evidence seems to be pointing that way, so my fingers are crossed that owners of the new iPad won't be the only ones enjoying Retina displays for much longer.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this cloudy, but otherwise nice Monday, May 14, 2012
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