Apple to ship 15-inch ultrathin laptop in 2012

Apple could be planning to introduce a new 15-inch MacBook in March 2012, perhaps as part of a reported product overhaul, according to a DigiTimes report. According to some leaked today one of the two Apple notebooks could be launched, perhaps in the second quarter of 2012, around March. The device could be Macbook air or a thinner MacBook Pro.

Digitimes is unclear if the parts are intended for a 15-inch MacBook Air or a thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro. Currently, Apple produces MacBook Air models in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch sizes. Current sizes of the MacBook Pro line include 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch and 17-inch. The release date of the new model is expected to be as early as March 2012, as reported by the sources of upstream supply chain.

Digitimes is unclear if the parts are intended for a 15″ MacBook Air or a thinner 15″ MacBook Pro. In July, we reported that Apple was finishing up work on a new ultrathin 15″ notebook, and at the end of October, it was rumored that new machine was nearing production.

It seems likely that a thin 15″ MacBook would use a SSD rather than HDD, similar to current MacBook Air models, and would forego an optical drive. The MacBook Pro line was refreshed earlier this fall with minor processor, graphics and storage upgrades.

It’s difficult to know at this point whether the device — if it exists at all — will be branded as either an Air or a Pro. But if it’s thin and powerful, we doubt customers will really care either way.



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