Apple Online Stores Currently Offline – New MacBooks May be Released Later Today

More evidence that those rumors about Apple updating their line of consumer-level laptops today are true: as of this writing (Tuesday, May 15th, 8:35 a.m. EDT) online Apple stores worldwide are displaying a banner that reads “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly”, shown below:

Banner from Apple Store site: “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly.”

Here’s what Think Secret speculates the updates to the MacBook line may be:

  • These might be the first of the MacBooks to feature Intel’s Santa Rosa chipset.
  • The Santa Rosa chipset can be configured with the Core 2 Duo processors to run at 1.8, 2.0, 2.2 and 2.4 GHz — they expect that the MacBooks will run at the lower speeds in this range while the MacBook Pros will run at the higher speeds.
  • The MacBooks may incorporate the Intel GMA 3000 graphics processor, which should yield faster graphics performance.
  • They say ”
    The MacBook will not employ newer LED backlight displays; that upgrade will need to wait until the next revision.”