According to Apple Insider’s unnamed source, the next iteration of the Cupertino company’s MacBook Pro line-up will be radically different from the current design, featuring ultra-thin unibody casing. As with the Air, this would mean the absence of an optical disk drive, a loss which may upset some users.
The new design would also incorporate flash-memory solid state drives and better battery life. As with the Air and Intel’s new Ultrabook class of computers, it’s believed the next-generation MacBook Pro laptop will come with instant-on capability, enabling it to boot up in a matter of seconds.
Apple Insider said it believes the overhaul of the MacBook Pro will be prioritized, with the higher-volume 15-inch model being rolled out first and the 17-inch model following soon after.
As for a launch date, a report late last year suggested Apple was planning to unveil a new ultra-thin laptop in the spring of this year, though at the time it wasn’t clear if it was going to be a new Air design or a radical overhaul of the MacBook Pro. Judging by today’s news, it could well be the latter.
It’s certainly an interesting idea that the next-generation MacBook Pro could look very much like the MacBook Air. What would you say the chances are of Apple, in the not-too-distant future, merging the Pro and the Air to create one single model? Thin, portable and powerful, such a device could well leave competing computer companies with a big problem on their hands.