Rumour: Apple notebooks set for Xmas upgrade?

Apple’s move to Intel processors may make for more frequent processor upgrades for Macs, with the company’s notebooks scheduled for an update by the end of the year.

A report on AppleInsider makes the claim that Apple will update both its MacBook and MacBook Pro machines with new Core 2 Duo processors across the range “before the holiday shopping season”.

It’s an equivocal report – it also observes Apple “may take some time” before it upgrades the machine.

The processors demand slightly less power to run, and the upgrade may see the introduction of a 2.33GHz speed to top Apple’s notebook range.

The new Intel notebook Core 2 Duo chip shipped in August, under the code-name ‘Merom’.

A notebook running the chip (instead of a Pentium M) will offer twice the CPU performance while drawing 28 per cent less electricity from the battery, Intel has claimed.