During Intel’s earnings conference call for the first quarter, CEO Paul Otellini announced that Ivy Bridge processors intended for the MacBook Air update and ultrabooks will hit the market a couple of months later, while Monday’s launch is for more performance-oriented devices. The first wave of Ivy Bridge chips is reportedly quad-core, meaning it is mostly bound for desktop computers. The mainstream notebook dual-core CPUs are said to arrive with the second launch in June.
Still, the company could have made space for a MacBook Pro launch within the first Ivy Bridge wave. Apple could potentially secure sufficient stock for initial shipments even if most of Intel’s new chips are designed for desktops. While the 13-inch MacBook Pro is currently equipped with a dual-core Intel CPU, both the 15-inch and 17-inch models incorporate a quad-core processor.
According to Otellini, some of the touchscreen systems that will feature the new chipsets are likely to be targeted at Windows 8. Intel is reportedly focused on intercepting the Windows 8 release with sufficient supply of ultrabooks with touch enabled.
The company’s chief also indicated that 100 more ultrabook designs are in the labs, which is much more impressive than the initially announced 75 models. On Otellini’s opinion, ultrabooks don’t necessarily need to be cheaper than their competitors to succeed. Intel CEO said that he only views lower price as helpful, not instrumental. Ultrabooks will actually range from $699 to $1,299, he claimed.