Today’s Guest Post is brought to you by Claudia who discusses about the upcoming Apple MacBook Pro model update.
Following the release of new iPad in the UK, the rumor about the design and release of the new MacBook Pro is in the air. Some people are even talking about Apple replacing 13- and 15-inch models of MacBook Pro with a 15-inch thin MacBook Air. This may have disappointed quite a few numbers of people who love to see everything get thinner. However, the reports that Apple has no plan to drop those models have put the smile back on the faces of these people. The company has planned to unveil a completely redesigned and state-of-the-art MacBook Pro in near future.
There are reports that Apple has put a new MacBook Pro, designed like the Apple’s MacBook Air laptops, into production. The reports from the Apple’s supply chain suggest that the company has decided to give its MacBook Pro line a complete spec and design overhaul. The new MacBook Pro range will sport a thinner look. To make the new range thinner, Apple has removed the optical drive from MacBook Pro. To ensure that the difference between MacBook Pro and MacBook Air ranges is maintained, Apple will integrate higher spec machines and unveil the device in 13-, 15- and 17-inch models. Despite the absence of optical drive and slimmed down design, the new MacBook Pro models are expected to come with an array of specs that are much advanced when compared with portable and ultra slim MacBook Air line.
Redesigned 13- and 15-inch models of MacBook Pro are already in production and Apple has started receiving the produced units. The initial monthly shipment of these models will be limited to about 100,000-150,000 units. However, the number of shipped units is expected to witness an increase over time. There are reports that this limited monthly shipment may ramp up to around 900,000 units in coming days.
Despite the initial reports that the launch of next-generation MacBook Pro by Apple has been delayed because the Ivy Bridge processors were not received on the expected time, it is now being said that the first stocks of MacBook Pro will reach Apple way ahead of the expected release in the first half of 2012. Taking into account the release date of MacBook Pro, it seems that available stock will prove to be very limited if Apple decides a worldwide release of MacBook Pro.
The shipment of 22nm Ivy Bridge processors by Intel was expected in April 2012. Considering this fact, it appears that Apple has made some arrangements to get the chips shipped first for the expected release of its next-generation MacBook Pro range. This will definitely make the performance of MacBook Pro better than MacBook Air. In addition, Ivy Bridge’s power saving offers will ensure longer battery life.
Similar to other products by Apple, thinner and smarter MacBook Pros are expected to be a smashing hit among users. Next-generation MacBook Pros will attract a number of power users who are willing to be portable all the time and who regard MacBook Air as an underpowered or small device for their use.