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It’s presumed that the MacBook Pro’s current Core 2 Duo processor will likely be replaced by Intel’s latest & greatest Core i5, which debuted this week at CES in Las Vegas. So, why the excitement?
Intel just busted out a demo comparing the former Core 2 Duo processor to the new Core i5, and Engadget happened to be there to catch it on video, according to 9to5Mac.
The first test shows iTunes ripping a music CD, which is about twice as fast. The second encode shows off the i5’s virtual cores at work.
MacRumors pinned down Intel executive Sean Maloney in an effort to find out if the company’s Core i5 processor is for real headed to Apple’s MacBooks, but they received only this terse reply: “I do not pre-announce our partner’s products and I certainly don’t pre-announce Apple’s products.”
It’s been widely assumed that Apple will tap into the Core i5 processor for the next line of MacBook Pros, but there’s been no word on whether Cupertino will jump on the new chips out of the gate or wait until mid-year when even more efficient i5 models will surely be made available.