Late last week Geekbench results from what appeared to be a yet-unreleased MacBook Pro appeared on the Geekbench Browser. These results generated a lot of excitement, along with a lot of speculation; people wanted to know if these results were legitimate.

I spoke with Wired's Brian Chen earlier today and shared my thoughts regarding the legitimacy of these results:

Geekbench creator John Poole told that Geekbench results can be faked, but he believes the Core i7 MacBook Pro benchmark is real.

"If the system information for this system has been faked, it's a convincing fake; there aren't any inconsistencies in the system information, the Mac OS X build number matches Apple's numbering scheme for new hardware builds, and the processor matches people's expectations for what will appear in the refreshed MacBook Pro," Poole said. "In other words, I believe this result is authentic."

I have a feeling we'll find out sooner rather than later whether this result is real or not!

John Poole is the founder of Primate Labs and lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Deborah. You can find John on Twitter or .