MacBook Pro 2011 Release: New Line – Could be February 24

We’ve been bringing you as much news, and also speculation, as we can on the new lineup of MacBook Pros for 2011 since we heard last week they were due for release soon. We then told you about the rumored Light Peak technology that would enable high-speed connection and also gave details that the release could be very soon as they were rumored to be being shipped in sealed packages to dealers from this week.

Earlier today we also wrote of some new rumored features for the new MacBook Pro line and in that article also spoke of how current MacBook Pros are now unavailable in many areas with longer shipping dates for orders. This usually means that the release of a new product from Apple is imminent. Now we’ve heard the latest on a release date for the next MacBook Pros from Daniel Eran Dilger over on Apple Insider.

Dilger’s report comes from “people familiar with the matter” and says that the release of the new MacBook Pros could tie in with the 56th birthday this Thursday, February 24, of Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and CEO who is currently on medical leave. This also concurs with a previous report by Arnold Kim on Mac Rumors of a release on February 24, which said that the date was “reliably confirmed.”

Apple Insider also notes that although Thursdays are not a day that Apple traditionally unveils a new product on (usually Tuesdays), the fact that Steve Jobs will have his birthday on the Thursday would maybe explain this different day, according to “chatter from within the company,” as a way of honoring him as he fights his illness.

If you’re looking forward to the new range of MacBook Pros or are wondering if one of these is the notebook for you, you may be interested in a useful article by Peter Chubb over on Product-Reviews, which compares the new Sony Vaio S Series Slim to the MacBook Pro for 2011. What are your thoughts on the release date rumors? There’s only 2 days left until we find out for sure so not long to wait. We’re always interested in what you have to say so why not send us your comments using the box below.

  • Willys M.

    I cant wait any longer I hope it will be thursday!! I will be at the store right after work. I have a question though. If i buy a macbook pro on thursday and the macbook doesnt come out how long do i have to return if the new one does come out in the future?? Oh and this will be my first mac., I need it for school.

    • Ron m

      14 days no restocking fee

  • Elliot

    I live in Australia, if the MBP comes out Tomorrow, when can I expect it to come out in AUS?

    If this date is a rumour, how long, maximum do you think it could take? More than a month?