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Thinner MacBook Pro Models in 13-Inch and 15-Inch Sizes Coming in April?

In addition to its report today about a potential 14-inch MacBook Air, DigiTimes also claims that Apple is expected to launch its thinner MacBook Pro models perhaps as soon as April. The report is a bit inconsistent in describing the timing, initially stating that the debut would be in April "at the soonest" while later simply mentioning that they are expected in April.


The report specifies that the redesigned models will include 13-inch and 15-inch models, but there is no word on the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Previous reports have indicated that the redesigned 17-inch model could appear slightly later than the smaller models, similar to Apple's rollout of the unibody MacBook Pro in late 2008 and early 2009.
Apple is expected to launch new MacBook Pro notebooks with an even thinner and lighter design than existing models in April, at the soonest. [...]

Apple is expected to launch upgraded 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros in April with initial shipments estimated to reach 900,000 units.
The report also addresses claims of delays in mass availability of Intel's Ivy Bridge chips, suggesting that Apple could gain an advantage over its competitors looking to release ultrabooks, as Intel's ultra-low voltage chips destined for those machines may not arrive until June.

Chip availability for revamped MacBook Pro models is a bit uncertain, as Intel has not specifically addressed the timeline for quad-core mobile processors such as those found in the current 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro. Dual-core processors such as those found in the smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro do seem to have been pushed back a bit, although it is possible that Apple could squeeze a quad-core Ivy Bridge chip into the 13-inch MacBook Pro as Intel is releasing a chip with a somewhat lower 35-watt thermal design requirement.

Even with potential delays in mass availability of new chips, Apple has on occasion received preferential treatment from Intel, a relationship that could give Apple greater access to limited initial supplies of new Ivy Bridge chips.

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33 months ago
If they get rid of the super-drive, I will never buy a macbook pro or any macbook forever.
Rating: 41 Votes
33 months ago
I would rather they keep the thickness and stuff it with more battery.
Rating: 25 Votes
33 months ago

If they get rid of the super-drive, I will never buy a macbook pro or any macbook forever.


Not much of a reason to have one anymore.
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago

Watching a movie on a train/plane with an external DVD drive sounds terrible.


I would have it ripped from home already...
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago
This is pretty cool! I'd love a thinner MacBook Pro...

I'd like to be able to take mine to university campus every day, but it's just too heavy to lug around in my backpack all day. I would get an air, but the hard drive size is quite limiting :rolleyes:
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago
I think it is time to get rid off the cdrom drive.

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Finally some Mac news!!!!

I am using my PowerBook G4 from Dec. 2005 and going back to school for my PhD this fall. It's dang time to buy a new computer!!! :D:D

Probably you will have emotional moments after 6 years and sth :)
Rating: 14 Votes
33 months ago
Finally some Mac news!!!!

I am using my PowerBook G4 from Dec. 2005 and going back to school for my PhD this fall. It's dang time to buy a new computer!!! :D:D
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago
USB3 this time? Be very useful to have an up to date mass market interface.
Rating: 13 Votes
33 months ago

If they get rid of the super-drive, I will never buy a macbook pro or any macbook forever.


Yea I agree. It's still too soon to kill off the media. Downloading content is still not up to par, and I am one of those people that rather have a physical copy than a digital. I just ordered their Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro textbooks and they even come with DVDs of lessons. It's stupid to get rid of the current media, especially when CDs still sound better, people still use their DVD drive to watch movies/burn files, and no other laptop that is aimed toward the "Pro" market has gotten rid of theres. Maybe when faster internet becomes more affordable and more companies went toward digital downloads this would be plausible, but right now it's just too early. I still say to all those people that say "get an external DVD burner" - you're part of the problem. Even if Apple gets rid of the SuperDrive, you will still be paying current prices for the Macbook. I can see if they at least dropped the price by $100 it would make more sense to just take that extra $100 and put it towards and external burner, but asking me to pay the same price for less features? It just angers me...:mad:

BTW - I have download speeds of 42Mbs and Protools still took an hour to download off of their site. Normal people don't have 42Mbps download speed. I imagine it would take hours to download and install, instead of 30 minutes from the disc. It's just more convenient.
Rating: 11 Votes
33 months ago

Not much of a reason to have one anymore.


What about boxed software? Much of the Pro software still sold only comes boxed and on DVD, look at like Pro audio software for instance, Reason, Ableton Live, Komplete, etc...there are many Pro software apps and suites that are not featured on the App store and are not downloadable, you have to have a CD/DVD drive to install them.

I know all the Adobe apps are available from adobe.com as downloads, as well as Microsoft Office from Microsoft, but much of this software is still bought and installed via optical drive, and NOT available on the Mac App Store at all.

Also, some people still like to rip CDs to iTunes, etc, and watch the occasional DVD. I have two MacBook Airs, but I also own a SuperDrive for installing those specific software suites I have on DVD, etc. I think we still haven't completely made the transition to a "No need, Optical-Drive-less" world, yet. A few more years, but many companies are still putting out their software exclusively on DVD in boxed physical packages that you must buy at a store and install on a Disc. So, we aren't there yet.
Rating: 10 Votes

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