In amongst all the talk of new iPads and Samsung Galaxy S III’s, another product trending in the blogsosphere of late is Apple’s MacBook range.
Much like our report at the end of last month, the suggestion – as far as the MacBook Pro is concerned – is that the 13 and 15 inch models will be re-designed to follow the form factor of the sleeker, thinner MacBook Air, with no word on the fate of the 17 inch model. A Digitimes report notes that the Pro is currently in production, and – like the current range of MacBook Airs – will ditch the optical drive in order to accommodate the thinner design.
It has been said quite a few times that Apple would possibly get first dibs on Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips, but the release of the new Pro could end up coinciding with the shipping non-Apple, Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks. The Windows take on the super-thin notebook was expected to have retailed a flurry of new models from different vendors by now, in order to try and underhand the fruit company and poach some of its prospective customers. But due to the Ivy Bridge schedule turning into a minor fiasco, that hasn’t happened – meaning the likelihood of new MacBook Pros and Ultrabooks releasing at the same time is relatively high.
Citing sources, the report also suggests the new devices will include more advanced specs than the MacBook Air in terms of CPU performance and storage capacity. Aside from that, there’s precious little else on the hardware front.
It does seem as though – if the reports are anything to go by – both the MacBook Air and Pro will become an amalgamation of each other. There’s been an ongoing discussion encircling a 15-inch MacBook Air which, the last we heard, was set to be released sometime next month.
It’s difficult to decipher if and when the announcement of these new MacBook Pros will occur, but if they’re indeed in production at this moment in time as the reports conclude, then it’s likely we’ll hear an official word in the not-so-distant future.
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