The New MacBook Pros: February 9?

Late last month we reported that low stocks of 15" and 17" Macbook Pros might be a sign of an imminent refresh. That shortage has only deepened over the last few days, with some areas reporting 2-3 week waits for new stock. New rumors point to February 9 as the day we'll see the next-gen Pros unleashed.

The next iteration of the MacBook Pro line was earlier tipped to launch in 1H 2011. The new Mac and MacBook pros will run Sandy Bridge processors. A "mainstream" iMac is also expected to launch during the first half of this year. Four new MacBook Pros gave been tipped.

Intel's terribly embarrassing Sandy Bridge recall is believed to have delayed the new MacBook Pros and Mac Pros. Apple is reported to have estimated no chance of shipping until March. Intel believes that the fixed chipsets will not be ready in volume until April.

Whatever the truth is, we won't have to wait long to learn it. If Wednesday passes with no announcement, expect a long wait for the MacBook refresh.

[Via 9to5 Mac]