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Macbook Pro 2012 will Adopt the Form Factor of Macbook Air? Some Clues
Previously, in last year, many reports suggested that apple is going to introduce a 15 inch ultra thin Mac notebook with some speculations that current Macbook Pros would adopt the prettiest features and design cues from highly loved Macbook Air. However, it was not obvious that the mentioned larger ultra slim Mac notebooks would be branded by the name of Macbook Pros or Macbook Airs.
Most techies were expecting an entirely redesigned 15-inch notebook by the end of 2011, but Apple didn’t revealed it yet, probably waiting for highly anticipated Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors those coming in 2012 for presenting a spec bump for new notebook models.
Now AppleInsider comes with its own analysis which mostly replicates the previous speculations but mainly focuses on the point where the site sees a unification of Apple’s notebook lines under the beauties of MacBook Air design, covering the full range of 11- 17 inch sizes by the end of this year.
This will include new, ultra-thin unibody enclosures that jettison yesteryear technologies like optical disk drives and traditional hard drives in favor of models with lightweight chassis that employ flash-memory based solid-state drives, instant-on capabilities, extended battery life, and rely on digital distribution for software and media.
“They’re all going to look like MacBook Airs,” one person familiar with the new MacBook Pro designs told AppleInsider. Meanwhile, existing MacBook Pro designs are expected to be phased out over the course of the year.
This latest report claims that Apple would shift the entire MacBook Pro line, first introducing the 15-inch model and then following with a17-inch model “shortly thereafter”. Apple has already exhibit similar transition pattern while shifting to the present unibody design.
The future of the 13-inch MacBook Pro seems dark enough, depending upon how closely the new MacBook Pro designs reflect the smaller MacBook Air and whether Apple agrees to release the whole notebook line under a single brand name.