Intel developed a fix for this hardware issue and began production of a new and improved chipset. Originally, Intel projected these updated chips would be available in mid-March, prompting speculation that this delay would alter the availability of Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro lineup.
With the possibility of a February availability date, computer manufacturers like Apple may not be affected by this flaw, and their 2011 inventory may roll out as planned. This is good news for Apple customers hoping to score a brand new MacBook Pro. That rumored March 11 date is now looking a bit more promising.