Apple’s highly popular MacBook Pro notebook has gone without a redesign for the past three generations, but if a DigiTimes report is to believed a redesigned slimmer version of the notebook is already in production. The report claims, that Apple is targeting shipping between 100,000 and 150,000 units initially and expects that number with rise up to 900,000 units.
According to the report, Apple has eliminated the optical drive in the 13-inch and 15-inch variants, enabling a slimmer profile. If this is true then Apple is incorporating more design elements from the MacBook Air. Having said this, the DigiTimes report claims that the MacBook Pro line of notebooks will continue their spec sheet superiority over the MacBook Air. Most probably, the new MacBook Pros will flaunt Intel’s incoming Ivy Bridge line of processors which will deliver better battery efficiency, more processing power and improved integrated graphical abilities.
In addition to this, unlike the MacBook Air, users can expect the MacBook Pro models to come equipped with dedicated GPU units, and perhaps even a higher resolution display especially after Apple has armed the new iPad with a Retina display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It should be noted that, while Apple only currently offers a Full HD resolution only in the 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has been arming its 27-inch iMac with a display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, so a resolution update on the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models will not be surprising.
Apart from this, the elimination of the optical drive from the MacBook Pro seems inevitable, as Apple has a long history of abandoning industry standard technologies for new standards. Previously, Apple released the MacBook Air without the optical drive and then it repeated this tendency in its update of the Mac mini, last year. For those who don’t know the original iMac, which was launched in 1998, was amongst the first mainstream PCs to feature an optical drive and at the same time it was also amongst the first PCs to abandon the Floppy drive.