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According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple will be revamping its entire MacBook Pro line this year. In a nutshell, it sounds like the new MacBook Pros will essentially be souped-up MacBook Airs.

The new Pros will feature the Air’s all-aluminum unibody design and slim down by eliminating ODDs and HDDs in favor of reliance upon Apple’s cloud-based services (iCloud, Mac App Store, etc.) and flash-based SSDs. They’ll also reportedly feature Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture and Thunderbolt interface.

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The rumor suggests that the 15-inch model will be out first, followed by the 17-inch model. There’s no word on a 13-inch version, although it’s not unlikely that Apple may simply let the 13-inch Pro fade out. With the MacBook Pro redesign, Apple will have 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs and 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, all with similar body types and basic features. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep a 13-inch Pro in the lineup.

While the sexy new design and subsequent low weight will no doubt be pleasing to the eye and shoulder, respectively, never will the bushes of the walled garden be so high with the removal of the ODD; come 2013, Apple will no longer have any notebooks with an optical drive.
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Well it makes some sense but they would have to discontinue the Air and place the MacBook with the Air design in it's place since the Air has been rendered redundant with it's similar specs and now similar design; additionally there is still some usage for the MacBook Pro's additional features, no matter how Apple's perspective may seem. It would make more sense to transition the design to the MacBook instead of the MacBook Pro.

In any case, I'm expecting new MacBook Pro to hit the streets since the ones out there are old and regardless of redesign or not, they do need an upgrade.


While no one will ever confuse me as being an Apple fanboy, I can agree that the optical drive is living on borrowed time. Nearly every device comes with either USB ports, or flash card readers; the capacity of which can far exceed that of a standard DVD. Plus most computers are capable of booting from a USB drive, so it's possible to reinstall the OS now without using a disk.

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In a nutshell, it sounds like the new MacBook Pros will essentially be souped-up MacBook Airs.

Apple has to do this. Intel is already at the front door with the Ultrabook, and AMD is about to come knocking at their back door with the Ultrathin. The perfect storm of slim Whateverbooks is brewing, and it's going to get really interesting. I'm glad that my wife and I are getting a lot of overtime at work because I'll soon be in the market to buy!


Apple is feeling the pressure? hahaha competition makes you think and create faster.Well, Apple is at least trying to redesign and not staying with it old design over and over again.


I see this as the power of the machines goes down and the price goes up to an even bigger premium because of their ultra portability. I am thinking AMD's ultrathins are going to kick their butt on pricing and the power will be equal.


Yup, the APU is coming home to roost, and it's going to be ugly for Intel and Apple.