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  • Apple Reportedly Nearly Done Testing Ultraportable 15-Inch MacBook



    According to Macotakara Apple is nearly finished testing an ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook which could be an extension of the MacBook Air family.

    Citing an Asian source, Macotakara claims Apple has already finished testing an LCD component for the ultra-thin notebook. However, it isnít clear whether or not this ultraportable will be featured alongside the rumored MacBook Pro update next year. The report claims that a 15-inch non-ultraportable MacBook Pro without an optical disc drive is also in development.

    The conflicting nature of the claims in the report and rumors suggest that Apple wont launch a new MBA alongside a redesigned MacBook lineup. Also, releasing a MacBook Pro without an optical disc drive, while something Apple could do down the line, seems counter-productive at this time. Too many pro level users rely on install discs and requiring an external optical drive cuts down on a device's portability.

    Appleís update to the MacBook Pro lineup last week while minor, helped add to the suspicion that Apple would be introducing a completely redesigned MacBook Pro in 2012. This redesign should coincide with release of Intelís next-generation Ivy Bridge processors slated to arrive in the first half of 2012.

    Apple adding a 15-inch MBA seems a little odd. At 15 inches, no matters how thin, a laptop starts becoming less portable. While it may be an engineering marvel and beautiful, it might not be practical and might not have a clearly defined market.

    Source: Macotakara
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Nearly Done Testing Ultraportable 15-Inch MacBook started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      I like bigger screens for watching movies, plus its easier on the eyes.
      being apple it should be fairly light and still portable
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      I would buy a 15 inch MBA!
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Wait is the new MacBook pro already out?
    1. mike.dee's Avatar
      mike.dee -
      What changes were made to the MacBook pros last week?!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I would love a 15 inch air! I just sold my pro and got me a 13inch air the ssd is awesome it's so quick and the boot time it like nothing. Wish I had more hd space tho. But overall I am happy probably won't ever by a pro again unless the come put with a design like sported above crazy thin.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike.dee View Post
      What changes were made to the MacBook pros last week?!
      A 0.2 GHz speed incress.
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      A 0.2 GHz speed incress.
      So approx. when will the next MacBook pro come out because I plan on buying one and I want to buy the newest version.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      The iPad did not have a clearly defined market...