Look carefully at the picture above, taken from an advert for Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor. What's the machine pictured? A generic black laptop, or the new MacBook Pro?

We'd hazard a guess at a generic mock-up ourselves, if it wasn't for the fact that Intel has previous when it comes to dropping the MacBook Pro bomb.

Back in January 2010 the chip giant outed the then unannounced 2010 MacBook Pro model during a competition on a Spanish website.

So, if history has repeated itself, we could be looking at some skinnier, black MacBook Pro machines, with slightly sharper corners.

On Wednesday we told you how Sandy Bridge packing MacBook Pros could be hitting Apple Stores as early as 1 March. 

Whether they turn out to be a shade of noir remains to be seen.