MacBook Pro rumored to get ultra-thin design, retina display, USB 3.0 this summer, Nvidia graphics confirmed

Rumors have been swirling for years that a new MacBook Pro is on the way that would ditch the optical drive and even an even more svelte package in the wake of the MacBook Air’s success. It looks like those rumblings are finally coming to fruition with those in the know now pointing to a summer release for an all-new notebook from Apple.

The latest information comes out of 9to5 Mac, and here’s the rundown of rumored features:

  • All-new ultra-thin design, yet not tapered like the MacBook Air
  • High resolution, retina-style display running at 2880 x 1800
  • Native USB 3.0 support thanks to Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chipset

These are the rumored features, but one confirmed component is Nvidia graphics. The Verge, corroborated by ABC News, say that the new machines will in fact use a Nvidia chipset likely based on the GeForce 650m “Kepler” architecture. A reference to specific chipset where also located by 9to5 Mac

Other small rumored tidbits include the relocation of the power button from the outskirts of the keyboard to on the keyboard itself similar to the current MacBook Air design, and the removal of the built-in ethernet port due to size constraints.

The newly redesigned MacBook Pro is rumored to hit sometime this summer, with WWDC in June acting as a well-timed stage for the announcement.

Source: 9to5 Mac – The Verge (1, 2) – ABC News

Next-gen Pixel Qi screen to be ultra high resolution, ‘better than iPad 3 display’

Next generation Pixel Qi display

Pixel Qi display technology has been demonstrated and talked about for years, but it has yet to make it to the market in any meaningful capacity. While this trend doesn’t look to be changing in the short-term, the technology continues to mature, and if Pixel Qi is to be believed, it is more than on par with the current best screens on the market.

The next generation Pixel Qi display is said to offer the same 2048×1536 display on the new iPad, and the company goes on to say that the technology can “match or exceed the image quality of the screen in the iPad 3.” All of this is said to be possible while drawing up to 100 times less power than the new iPad 8Watt power draw.

Pixel Qi says it is now in the process of finalizing partners for use of this next generation technology. The company also included a graph that pits the power use of its E-Ink-esque technology against that of traditional displays.

Source: Pixel Qi