New MacBook Pro Rumors Hint At Ivy Bridge Processor, USB 3.0, But No Retina Display

Despite the swirling rumors of a drastic refresh for Apple’s MacBook Pro, a report claims that the new laptop will get a fast Ivy Bridge processor, but won’t receive a high-density Retina display or a slimmed-down body.

Based on an image posted on the WeiPhone forum, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come with a dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 CPU with 3MB of L3 cache, USB 3.0 ports, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and an integrated FaceTime HD camera.

However, the laptop will allegedly be equipped with a 13.3-inch LED-backlit screen with 1280×800 pixels of resolution, which has too low display density to qualify for branding as a Retina display. At the same time, thickness will reportedly stay at 0.95-inches, the same as the current model.

WeiPhone posts have been somewhat successful in predicting Apple product launches. Its latest coup was an image of a prototype system board that showed an AX system-on-a-chip (SOC) that was purportedly to be used in the third-generation iPad. When the final specs for the newest iPad were revealed, Apple confirmed that the iconic tablet computer is powered by an A5X SOC.

If proven true, the rumor would be a massive disappointment for Apple fans who are looking forward to significantly high-resolution screens on their laptops as well as a thinner, lighter form factor. If the MacBook Pro isn’t due for a Retina upgrade, the rest of the Mac line that are also rumored to be due for a refresh this year may have to wait for their own high-resolution displays.

Whichever way it falls, we’ll find out for sure when Apple kicks off the World Wide Developers Conference on June 11 with a keynote likely to be delivered by CEO Tim Cook.