In the US, retailer Best Buy has sold of a number of models, according to 9to5mac, while Macrumours points out that Amazon is out stock for one or two months. The situation is much the same in Japan, with Macotakarta reporting reseller stocks are depleted.
The rumours were given further credence this morning by claims that Best Buy has planned for a March 11, 2011 release date for the MacBook Pro refresh, with prices unchanged from previous models.
There’s little indication thus far of what would appear in an updated MacBook Pro lineup, apart from its use of Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture – a move that’s been causing problems for both Apple and the chip manufacturer.
Given Apple’s enthusiasm for faster, smaller, solid state drives, particularly considering the technology’s plummeting cost and its successful integration into the last Macbook Air, it’s a strong possibility any new MacBook would feature flash memory. There’s also the possibility a refreshed laptop could feature an aesthetic makeover, redrafting its unibody design to be more in line with the Air’s sleeker stylings.
Wilder speculations include the removal of an optical drive, mini-HDMI ports and a retina screen, none of which are likely to happen.
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