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Exclusive: Apple MacBook refresh set for May?

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Anyone currently weighing up their Apple options should take note: according to a new source, the MacBook – Apple’s cheapest laptop – is due for a refresh within the next couple of months. The Source, an employee at Covent Garden’s Apple Store, said that any prospective buyers should “hold off for a couple of months,” ahead of a newer model.

The MacBook, which starts at £876, hasn’t been updated since May 2009. It’s has received many updates throughout its history within that month, suggesting when a 2011 upgrade may be due. Our Apple Store source did mention that nothing was official, but the advice was merely the result of speculation and “rumour among the staff.”

If the MacBook is set for a redesign, the new ThunderBolt port – as seen on the new MacBook Pro – would be a dead cert, as would a jump to the Intel i5 processor. We’d hazard a guess that the body will face a redesign also, since it’s been left unchanged now for almost 3 years.

We’ll keep you posted on any further word. In the mean time, let us know your thoughts on the Gadget Helpline Twitter feed.