Supposed photos of the logic board of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro have recently been leaked on a China-based forum called weiphone.com. The images reveal some specifications of the redesigned MacBook Pro that Apple will soon release.
According to the photos, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro will have three Intel Ivy Bridge processor speed options: 2.7 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 2.3 GHz. Furthermore, the notebooks will sport an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics card running alongside 1GB of GDDR5 graphics memory.
The forum member also claimed that the 15-inch MacBook Pro will look exactly the same as the old version, judging from the alleged logic board photos. This is corroborated by another forum member who pointed out that the logic boards from the old and the new version sport very similar shapes; even the screw holes are in the same position. If there were any changes being made to the form factor of the notebook, there would at least be some hint of it on the logic board.
Should the images be authentic, they would contradict some earlier rumors regarding a MacBook Pro redesign. It had been speculated that the new MacBook Pro line, which will include only two sizes, the 13-inch and 15-inch models, will have a design overhaul. Allegedly, some elements of the popular MacBook Air, particularly its wedge shaped design and thin form factor, will be incorporated with the MacBook Pro. Apple’s recent move to patent the design fueled this rumor. Perhaps, more likely, though, is the speculation that the MacBook Pro will also have a Retina Display and an Ivy Bridge or even a Haswell processor.
Nonetheless, the possibility that the logic board is only a prototype exists. Apple, being known to immensely value the secrecy of unreleased items, had been known to use prototypes to test some parts before the actual prototypes for the final product are used.
In any case, Apple is expected to reveal some details about the upcoming notebooks soon during the WWDC.