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Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook Getting Closer to Production

Macotakara follows up our July report of work on an ultra-thin 15" Mac Notebook with news that this new thin 15" model is getting closer:
according to asian source, Apple seems already to have finished to develop MacBook Air 15" LCD test component to add its line-up and to go product develpment of it.
Macotakara is calling the new notebook a 15" MacBook Air, but we aren't entirely sure that would be the name.


Current MacBook Air

Back in April, we had heard reliable confirmation that the 2012 revision of the MacBook Pro would carry a new case design. iLounge had described it as a "milestone" release. Later, in July, we heard that Apple was already finishing up work on this ultra-thin 15" Mac Notebook.

At this point, it seems clear that Apple's next MacBook Pro revision will carry this new design, which many believe will take cues from the current MacBook Air designs. What's not clear is how Apple will integrate the new models with the current MacBook Air models. The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines seem destined to converge over time. In fact, Intel believes that Air-like "ultrabook" designs could make up to 40% of the consumer laptop market by the end of 2012. Apple just updated their MacBook Pro line with faster processors, which places their next revision sometime in the first half of 2012.

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38 months ago
They're still going to want to have a line with proper graphics. I think they'll have a macbook line which is an expanded air line, 11, 13 and 15 inch, and a pro line, similar to now, but dropping the 13" option, 15 and 17" MBP's.
Rating: 19 Votes
38 months ago
Soldered RAM doesn't cut it and a 256GB SSD is too small.
Rating: 16 Votes
38 months ago
I think we are nearing the return of the "MacBook" as the sole mobile computer line of Apple; pros and airs no more. Credit card ready indeed!
Rating: 13 Votes
38 months ago
Not going to lie, but a 15 inch Macbook Air would just be fantastic
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago

Not going to lie, but a 15 inch Macbook Air would just be fantastic


Thank you for not lying, but I appreciate your honesty.
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago



The faster processors are kinda pointless when the standard MacBook pro ships with a 5400rpm hard drive. I hope the next revision includes ssd drives in the base model.

Personally, I'd rather Apple ship MBP with slow HDD so I can buy myself an OWC Extreme pro 6G with a real price and not Apple selling them with their 30% markup.
Rating: 8 Votes
38 months ago
Knew the writing was on the wall but I was hoping the Pro and Air lines would stay separate for at least 3 years or so.

My only fear is "thin and lean" will once again trump power as sacrifices will be made to squeeze everything in. :(
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago

If this happens, then I'm not buying a Mac laptop ever again...


I'm sure :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago
These guys aren't ready to converge just yet. Some people need portability yet processing power, hence the name MacBook Pro. The SSD sizes also aren't hitting the spot where you can affordably use them instead of a 500GB 7200rpm drive.

I definitely hope this is a new MacBook Air model because I might be more inclined for one of these than a 15" MacBook Pro. But it's hard to know until I see exactly what this new notebook would be. For instance, can it run Photoshop and Firefox with 15 tabs open? What's the max RAM on it?
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago
1900 x 1200 and you've got a new customer...
Rating: 7 Votes

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