Merom coming to MacBooks & MacBook Pros at AppleExpo Paris
According to several sources, Asustek has been ordered to produce Merom-based MacBooks, while Quanta will produce the Merom-based MacBook Pros.
While it may surprise some people that Apple would give the new processor to the consumer notebook already as well, it does make a lot of sense. First: Yonah (the processor currently used in all MacBook variants) won't become much less expensive once Merom arrives. Instead, it is simply being replaced. Second, and more important for Apple: Merom supports the 64bit extensions, and having 64bit-aware processors in the whole lineup of Macs by the time Leopard is introduced may very well be at the heart of the decision to update the MacBook as well. Plus: Back-to-school as well as the holiday season simply works better for Apple if their main product for students (and the MacBook certainly is, except for the iPod...) has seen a recent upgrade and uses the latest and greatest processors available.
If all goes well, we'll see new iMacs, MacBook Pros and MacBooks in September/October, while the Mac mini is likely to be updated/replaced at MWSF 2007.