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Report: Apple Developing 15-inch Super-Slim MacBook Pro

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 58 comments

Is the Pro about to get an Air makeover?

Just last week, Apple launched its new line of Sandy Bridge equipped MacBook Airs. However, it seems the MacBook Air is not the only superslim laptop Apple has been working on. Rumor has it that Cupertino's got an uber-skinny 15-inch MacBook Pro in development. Not only that, but the laptop is supposedly near completion.

MacRumors was first to report the news and readily admits that it's not sure if this is an addition to the MacBook Air line, or a new design for the MacBook Pro. However, the blog claims that what it does know is that the laptop has entered "late testing stages at Apple." The Unofficial Apple Weblog has since chimed in with its own version of events, reporting that yes, this will be a MacBook Pro. TUAW also reports that there will be a second model, this one a 17-inch notebook, to go along with the first slim machine and that both will appear as part of a MacBook Pro refresh.

There isn't much in the way of details at the moment. TUAW reckons that the laptops might be available in time for Christmas but, other than that, there's nothing regarding specs available right now. One of the more interesting points is that the Air's skinny form-factor has seen Apple ditch the optical drive. It's not clear if these diet-Pros will also lose their drives. While we're waiting for more information, let us know if a MacBook Pro dressed in MacBook Air clothing sounds like something you'd be interested in!

Further Reading

MacRumors: Apple Finishing Up Work on an Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook

TUAW:Rumor: Apple's next 15" laptop refresh will be Air-like

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    reggieray , July 28, 2011 2:26 PM
    Let me guess, no DVD drive. So it is going to actually be a 15" Air.
  • 15 Hide
    Anonymous , July 28, 2011 2:57 PM
    i remember when Apple was the first to eliminate the floppy drive. Everyone was stunned.
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    masc243 , July 28, 2011 2:09 PM
    applesolutely
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    iubyont , July 28, 2011 2:19 PM
    There goes Intel's ultrabook concept.
  • 16 Hide
    reggieray , July 28, 2011 2:26 PM
    Let me guess, no DVD drive. So it is going to actually be a 15" Air.
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    back_by_demand , July 28, 2011 2:27 PM
    Would they merge the product lines?

    If so would it be the Macbook Air Pro or the Macbook Pro Air?
  • 8 Hide
    reggieray , July 28, 2011 2:29 PM
    I really hope this whole "You don't need no stinking DVD drive" thing blows up in Apples face. I am not buying another Apple. No DVD support, no Apple for me.
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2011 2:29 PM
    Absolutely the way to go. Hopefully it is power/speed matches the current macPro
  • 8 Hide
    cknobman , July 28, 2011 2:33 PM
    "You want to buy one of these"

    as Lord Jobs waives his hand in front of your face.
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    boiler1990 , July 28, 2011 2:34 PM
    I think Apple is trying to isolate itself from the rest of the market. No optical drives to install programs which can be purchased/downloaded from the App Store.

    Whether or not this will come back to bite them? We'll see.


    My other thought is that the dedicated GPU will be lost if this is as thin as the Airs. That would ruin the Pro's selling point.
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2011 2:35 PM
    Not if we lose optical drive and firewire. not everyone lives in unlimited broadband land, and many of us have big investments in firewire drives. only the rich can throw away everything in the interest of innovation.
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    nadavp3 , July 28, 2011 2:52 PM
    I don't need any optical drive.

    What I do need is dedicated GPU, this is why I won't buy the new 13" air (13 is my preferred size..) lets hope this one gets a proper GPU ha?
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    leandrodafontoura , July 28, 2011 2:52 PM
    If they remove the optical drive, makes no sense not to merge the product lines. So the diference between pro and air is that the pro has hdd instead of SSD? shouldnt be the other way around?

    either way, removing the optical disc is not a big deal. In the last 4 years, I think I used it once. And if you really need one, there is an external superdrive, not to mention that Mac computers can wirelessly access a DVD drive from a Windows PC or another Mac
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2011 2:57 PM
    i remember when Apple was the first to eliminate the floppy drive. Everyone was stunned.
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2011 2:58 PM
    apple has always been forward thinking in dropping various media drives at certain times- it pushes the envelope. I'm sure the commenter that won't buy another apple product if they drop the optical drive said the same thing when the original iMac debuted without a floppy drive. lol. i can no longer think of a reason to have an optical drive anymore other than having an external one for those increasingly rare moments. who watches movies on dvds anymore when streaming is so readily available? need to back up? external drives are cheap, small, and everywhere. need to share data? usb drives are cheap and portable. just my 2 cents.
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    perpetuity , July 28, 2011 3:01 PM
    geepNot if we lose optical drive and firewire. not everyone lives in unlimited broadband land, and many of us have big investments in firewire drives. only the rich can throw away everything in the interest of innovation.


    Hopefully we will see this soon: Thunderbolt Firewire

    and of course: Thunderbolt *
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    MrBig55 , July 28, 2011 3:09 PM
    No optical drives means that without a USB key/drive you are in need of an internet connection to install anything... and when we know that more than half people on the planet does not have access to an internet connection... let's hope it will blow up in job's face ^^
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    cosmoloco , July 28, 2011 3:12 PM
    Disposable media is a waste of resources. Apple is not only saving us from carrying more weight around, but they're also saving the planet! I bought my 15" Macbook Pro on November 1, 2007. I guess it's time for an upgrade.
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    molo9000 , July 28, 2011 3:19 PM
    ReggieRayI really hope this whole "You don't need no stinking DVD drive" thing blows up in Apples face. I am not buying another Apple. No DVD support, no Apple for me.


    I haven't used the optical drives in any of my computers (Windows PCs and Macs) for ages.
    The last time I used it was to burn a music CD for my car's stereo.
    Operating system, applications, games, video, music... u get all of these from the internet these days.

    Professionals who need to share large amounts of data with customers still need optical drives, but I can't think of any other reason to have a heavy and bulky optical drive in a laptop.
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    sunflier , July 28, 2011 3:30 PM
    Quote:
    Not only that, but the laptop is supposedly near completion.

    And, tomorrow's headline will be, "Apple Accidentally Leaks Image of New 15inch MacBook Pro".
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    bennaye , July 28, 2011 3:35 PM
    Apple's backing itself into a corner here by making the MBP into a slimmer version. It would be virtually indistinguishable from the MB Air, and not only that, it also doesn't make sense. If comparing the 2 by its names, then it should be the MBP that should have the SSD, and not the MB Air. What's Apple gonna do with future MBP models?
    And there's no way in hell you're making me buy something without an optical drive.
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    bennaye , July 28, 2011 3:41 PM
    Quote:
    I haven't used the optical drives in any of my computers (Windows PCs and Macs) for ages.
    The last time I used it was to burn a music CD for my car's stereo.
    Operating system, applications, games, video, music... u get all of these from the internet these days.


    And sorry for the double post, but are you suggesting that we pirate? Because I'm pretty sure programs (or apps, whatever floats your boat) are still installed via. discs. I mean, god knows Apple could do with an ego and revenue beatdown right about now, but pirating programs such as Adobe PS is still illegal.

    Or am I missing something?
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