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Tuesday Apple Rumors: As 15-Inch MacBook Pro Inventories Deplete, Speculation Grows

Release of updated versions likely to be staggered according to screen size, say some


daily apple rumors AAPLHere are your Apple Rumors and AAPL news items for today.

Renewed Chatter about Slim, Speedy MB Pro: The words “out of stock” have an energizing effect on speculation about Apple products, and on Tuesday they focused attention on possible rollout schedules for the next generation of MacBook Pros. AppleInsider reported on indications that inventories of the 15-inch version of the machine had thinned significantly at resellers such as J&R, Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), and MacConnection. Along with the upcoming launch of Intel’s (NYSE:INTC) Ivy Bridge processors, whose inclusion in Apple products has been anticipated, the dearth of 15-inch MacBook Pros raised expectations that production of a lighter, leaner generation of the machine will soon begin, perhaps within the next few weeks. AppleInsider points out that MB Pro the lineup could be replenished in stages – as it has in the past – with the 15-inch machine offered first, followed by the 13-inch version and then the 17-inch model.

Wrestling with Flashback: By at least one estimate, about 600,000 Mac have been infected by the Flashback virus. The situation is a symptom, some say, of the Mac’s emerging status as a tempting target for hackers. One example of the kinds of difficulties Apple will face arose recently when the company attempted to shut down a Web domain it thought was acting as a command-and-control center for the virus. In fact, as Forbes reported, the domain was being operated by Moscow-based security service Dr. Web, which was using the domain to track the number and behavior of hijacked machines. An honest mistake, but one based on security challenges Apple likely will face more of as time goes on.

The CEO’s AllThingsD Moment: Apple announced on Tuesday that Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address and participate in interview session at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference, scheduled for May 29 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Steve Jobs participated in a number of these confabs, but this will be Cook’s first showing at the event, and his first appearance at an event not presented by Apple.

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