There have been plenty of rumors flying around in recent months that the MacBook Pro may soon resemble the MacBook Air, slimming down and losing bulky, traditional hard disk and optical storage. But what if the Pro lineup was simply being absorbed into a larger Air?
Electricpig is reporting that Apple may have the MacBook Pro’s neck in a noose right about now, presumably in an effort to simplify the notebook lineup and rally around the wildly popular MacBook Air, which may soon come in a 15-inch version.
“We heard word from one anonymous vendor that Apple’s likely to launch a 15-inch MacBook Air in April, effectively killing the Pro for the average consumer,” the report reveals. “This particular company is a key player in MacBook docking solutions, so they’ve got to keep abreast of the finer details of what’s coming. And what is coming? If you take our source’s word for it, a 15-inch MacBook Air with ports on both sides, no optical drive and no Ethernet cable.”
Oh my. While the time is right for Apple to ditch optical drives given the wide availability of Wi-Fi and streaming movies, Gigabit Ethernet is still a faster option than even 802.11n Wi-Fi — although we’re guessing that Cupertino might offer an Ethernet dongle the way they do for the MacBook Air. But wait — maybe Electricpig has it wrong…?
“While our source wasn’t certain that this would completely destroy the Pro (he also stated that Apple might hold on to the 17-inch model, which would make sense for the sizeable audience of professional editors out there), he was fairly sure that the shakeup will happen in April,” the report continues. “To that end, our source’s company’s got its manufacturers on standby to be able to make and ship a new product lineup inside of 90 days.”
We’re not doubting that a 15-inch MacBook Air exists in Apple’s labs, and could even be rolling off the assembly lines right about now, if that April date is to be believed. Assuming that Apple can deliver a larger, more powerful MacBook Air, it would make sense to kill off the Pro line, with the exception of the aforementioned 17-inch model aimed at hardcore road warriors. But we’ll still get a little misty-eyed about it, should it actually happen…
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