More Claims of MacBook Pro Adopting MacBook Air Form Factor in 2012 Redesign

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In two reports back in April and July of last year, we reported that Apple was working on an ultra-thin 15-inch Mac notebook, with the suggestion being that the existing MacBook Pro line would evolve to take design cues and many of the features from the popular MacBook Air. But whether the larger notebooks would be branded as MacBook Pros or MacBook Airs has been unclear.

    Many had hoped that the redesigned 15-inch notebook would debut by the end of 2011, but Apple apparently elected to squeeze in one final minor spec bump as it waited for Intel's Ivy Bridge platform to launch in 2012. Reports late last year continued to suggest that Apple was finishing up work on the redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro ahead of a 2012 debut.

    AppleInsider now weighs in with its own claims essentially mirroring much of what was previously reported, but emphasizing that the shift will likely see a unification of Apple's notebook lines under the MacBook Air design aesthetic, covering the full range of 11-inch to 17-inch sizes by the end of this year.
    The report suggests that Apple may not shift the entire MacBook Pro line at once, instead beginning with the 15-inch model and then following with the 17-inch model "shortly thereafter". Apple followed a similar pattern with its transition to the present unibody design back in late 2008 and early 2009.


    Mockup of MacBook Air design spanning full range of Apple notebook sizes
    The fate of the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains murky, and may depend on just how closely the new MacBook Pro designs mirror the smaller MacBook Air and whether Apple brings the whole notebook line under a single name. With the MacBook Pro redesign and a boost to the 13-inch MacBook Air, there may simply not be enough differentiating the two 13-inch machines and Apple may opt to consolidate its notebooks down to essentially a single line in four different sizes.

    Article Link: More Claims of MacBook Pro Adopting MacBook Air Form Factor in 2012 Redesign
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2011
    Very curious to see how much GPU and CPU performance they'll be able to keep in a 15". Quite the design challenge...!
  3. macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2006
    Yay! We get some Apple news that doesn't pertain to IOS and iProducts. 2012 will be a good year, really hoping the RETINA display makes it to the MBP before Q1 2013...
  4. macrumors 68020

    Jan 5, 2012
    I hope the new MacBook Pros still have DVD drives. I know people will say "but waahhhh I never use mine!" Well, what about the plenty of people who's laptops are their portable DVD players?

    I'm sure the MacBook Pros won't merge with the MacBook Airs as the Pros aren't designed to be thin, so the same sacrifices won't be made with the Pros as is made with the Airs. For example, MacBook Pro hard drives will still be min 500GB.
  5. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    Isn't the fact that Steve Jobs himself said that "this is the future of notebooks" when showing off the redesigned Air enough proof that the teardrop design of the Air is what the Pro will adopt?

    I'd love the new 2012 Pro to be all silver again. Not a fan of the black keys and black bezel (the antiglare looks fantastic, like the Air). Silver keys and silver hinge again.
  6. macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2011
    United Kingdom
  7. macrumors 6502


    The 17" MBP 'Air' will be considered a lethal weapon and could be used to chop down trees in a pinch.
  8. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    most people w/ hard media have already moved to BR, especially people that can afford the apple tax ;)
  9. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    You can take my optical drive, Apple (put more battery in its place!), but please please keep Ethernet and Firewire.

    I'm worried I might want to buy the last 13" Pro rather than go to a new 13" Air if the Pro line disappears...
  10. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    I would like BluRay on my new MacBook Pro, that is if I even replace mine. At this point I'm more interested in a desktop: iMac or Mac Mini, as my iPad is my primary mobile device.

    In worse case scenario, I would at least want a SuperDrive in it.
  11. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    i feel the opposite, i prefer the black bezel over the silver one. ^^ all silver is boring. To each their own however
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008
    I'm happy with my 17 inch MBP from 2009, still runs like it's new. No issues. This is exciting news for those in the market for a new MBP though.
  13. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
  14. macrumors 6502

    Dec 19, 2006
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    The plenty of people will either have to get an external drive or they'll be saying "wahhhh I still use mine though". It's not that big of a deal if Apple gets rid of the ODD. Many people have options and if they still need an ODD then there's the external or another product altogether.

    Your reasoning for why they won't merge is circular. Eventually they will more than likely merge in some form.
  15. Boe11, Feb 10, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2010
    Read between the lines, dudebro!

    Macbooks will no longer have discrete GPUs.

    ***Speculation alert***

    No more pros or airs. Just macbooks, 11,13,15,17. Ultra thin, no discrete GPUs. Forthcoming thunderbolt options will be available for gaming dock setups.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Pretty much guarantees I wont be getting a new Macbook pro.

    If they some how make/allow user replaceable parts, then I will change my mind.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Rip the DVDs.

    End of discussion.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    Unless there's a major technological breakthrough with these new Ivy Bridge chips, I don't know how anyone expects an Air-like MacBook Pro to run at the same "Pro" level. There would seem to be a number of battery life and heat issues that need to be addressed.
  19. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Bring it on! :cool: Let's see that LiquidMetal tech. Apple ;)
  20. macrumors 6502

    Dec 19, 2006
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    I agree with what you're getting at but I'm sure someone's going to say you need an ODD to rip the DVDs lol
  21. macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Laptop as a portable DVD player? Ugh!

    How do you carry all your DVDs around? Do you have one of those folders that zips open with all the little plastic folders inside?
  22. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Exactly. It should have Blu Ray.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2006
    At that point, Apple should get rid of the "Pro" moniker since such a thin machine will most likely require sacrifices in power and expandability that will make it useless to anyone who has a compute-intensive workflow.

    Even if Apple could fit a proper mobile GPU and sufficiently powerful CPU, the constraints of such a thin design will mean either clocking them down to a useless extent or having a laptop underside that routinely hits over 70ºC.

    In addition, it would follow that Apple would adopt a MBA style of SSD. If that happens, the great ability to fill the MBP with 2.5" drives (or even just the ability to easily upgrade/replace one 2.5" drive) will be gone and the product will be virtually useless.

    Now, before everyone goes "flame on" on my post, remember that I'm just speculating and assuming the worst. Thunderbolt has the potential to make a MBAir-style laptop useful, but the lack of available/affordable thunderbolt accessories is worrying and constantly having to carry external TB accessories just to recoup lost functionality is horribly backwards.

    However, if Apple thinned down slightly, removed the optical bay and migrated to a (normal 2.5 "SATA) SSD+HDD setup then I'd call that progress. I mean, who uses optical drives anymore?
  24. macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2009
  25. TSE
    macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    This has been pretty obvious for awhile.

    I'm not sure what to think of this.

    On one hand, yeah, MacBook Pros will be a lot lighter, probably have slightly better battery life, and flash storage will become extremely fast.

    On the other, no upgrade compatibilities, and no optical drives (I still use mine about twice a month).

    What is the point of omitting the optical drive from the 17 inch MacBook Pro? No matter how thin and light you make it, it will never be a thin-and-light.

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