The current generation of MacBook Pro’s are powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors. At CES 2010 last month, Intel officially unveiled Core i5 and Core i7 processors for the first time for portable computers. Apple’s MacBook Pro line is due for an upgrade this year and it would only be wise for Apple to ship these with Core i5/i7 processors as they are now the flagship chipsets of Intel.

MacBook Pro Core i7

In a Geekbench report posted at the said site has revealed a MacBook Pro with a 2.66 GHz Intel "Arrandale", which suggests that a new high-end MacBook Pro model may be out sooner than expected. The benchmark score of 5260 for this machine is significantly higher than the current-gen MacBook Pro models with 2.66 GHz processors. This benchmark test which was run by a computer identifying itself as a "MacBook Pro 6,1" suggests it’s an upgrade to current Pro models which uses "MacBook Pro 5,x" identifiers. The 6,x identifiers had been seen in developer releases of OS X 10.6.2 last August. This computer was running an unreleased build of Mac OS X 10.6.2 called build 10C3067. Here are some screenshots from the report.

Core i7 MacBook Pro

The processor shown is listed as an Intel Core i7 M 620 running at 2.66GHz with Turbo frequency up to 3.33 GHz. The Core i7 M 620 is a high end dual core processor with Turbo Boost and Hyperthreading technology.

Core i7 MacBook Pro

If you are in to get a MacBook Pro, hold off from buying one as there is now a high possibility of these new MacBook Pro’s with Core i5 and Core i7 chipsets to hit the retail shelves much sooner than expected. [via MacRumors]

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