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MacRumors has heard reliable confirmation that the next revision of Apple's MacBook Pro line will utilize a new case design for the first time in several years.

The possibility of a new case design was first revealed by iLounge in February just before the early 2011 MacBook Pros were released. iLounge described the most recent updates as the last "incremental" update before an all-new MacBook Pro design.
Next year is the year when Apple will introduce an all new design for the MacBook Pro product family, which is already under development at Quanta in Taiwan. It’s being described as a big, “milestone” release for the Pro family, as compared with the speed bump features that will be introduced in [February's] models.
The last time the MacBook Pro was redesigned was in late 2008 with the introduction of the unibody MacBook Pro. The unibody MacBook Pro design which remains in use today offers an iMac-inspired design with a black-bezel and aluminum unibody casing. Unfortunately, we have no specifics on what the next MacBook Pro might look like, though many have previously speculated that Apple will take cues from the MacBook Air line.

Article Link: Next MacBook Pro to Get New Case Design
 

ouimetnick

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Aug 28, 2008
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The unibody was already a giant leap forward. How much better can Apple get?

I'm more interested in the specifications, and hardware (electronics) not so much the casing.
 

FuNGi

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I like the current iteration sans the glass. What would really interest me would be a transition to liquidmetal allowing for a lighter and stronger case. I'm sure many will speculate an end to the CD/DVD drive with this one but I wouldn't be so sure.
 

Ommid

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The unibody was already a giant leap forward. How much better can Apple get?

I'm more interested in the specifications, and hardware (electronics) not so much the casing.

Well they arent going to get worse are they!!
 

bigjnyc

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Apr 10, 2008
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Oh boy I've been trying to hold strong with my perfectly working 2009 MBP and not give in to any updates... This is the longest I've gone with a computer since I started using Macs lol...... But a case re-design might be too much for me.
 

juicedropsdeuce

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Hilarious to all those people who jumped on the THUNDERBOLT bandwagon. No thunderbolt devices yet and they have the hideous old case design.

:rolleyes:
 

thejadedmonkey

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May 28, 2005
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Great, I've been hungering for a new Macbook Pro for quite some time, and was hoping I could hold out long enough to get a non-ugly model :)

I can't stand the UB look.
 

nefan65

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Thinner, no optical...perhaps SSD only?

I'd prefer a smaller bezel the same color as the MBA. Say, 1/4" or a little smaller? Larger trackpad for more gestures?
 

Ommid

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Oct 27, 2008
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Sure they can get worse. They can make them thinner and even worse at dissipating heat. Form over function.

But I meant design looks wise...

If they make them worse at dissipating it is only because the chips can handle it.
 

3N16MA

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Liquid metal? Carbon fiber? No SuperDrive option? Yes that is a lot of question marks.
 

daneoni

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Hilarious to all those people who jumped on the THUNDERBOLT bandwagon. No thunderbolt devices yet and they have the hideous old case design.

:rolleyes:

Erm...i'm guessing they bought it for Quad-Core/AMD 6750 rather than Thunderbolt. Also really? hideous?
 

Bodie

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Hmmmm

I love my unibody. So I may have to stock up before the change. Ha ha. :D

My first thought tho was carbon fiber. Seems like there were some rumors about that. But I'm sure the aluminum body helps in cooling. So I wonder how CF would work. Perhaps a hybrid config.
 

HaiRy

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Hilarious to all those people who jumped on the THUNDERBOLT bandwagon. No thunderbolt devices yet and they have the hideous old case design.

:rolleyes:

That's just idiotic. I upgraded from a 2006 MB to a 2011 15" i7, to say I'm satisfied is an understatement. Hideous it is not even near - I've played with the new designs before but nothing comes close to it sitting on your desk.

You're getting all pissy over something that's just a rumour and you don't even know if you're going to like it or not!
 
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