Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook Getting Closer to Production

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    Ultra-Thin 15" Mac Notebook Getting Closer to Production

    Macotakara follows up our July report of work on an ultra-thin 15" Mac Notebook with news that this new thin 15" model is getting closer:

    "according to asian source, Apple seems already to have finished to develop MacBook Air 15" LCD test component to add its line-up and to go product develpment of it."

    Macotakara is calling the new notebook a 15" MacBook Air, but we aren't entirely sure that would be the name.

    Current Macbook Air



    Back in April, we had heard reliable confirmation that the 2012 revision of the MacBook Pro would carry a new case design. iLounge had described it as a "milestone" release. Later, in July, we heard that Apple was already finishing up work on this ultra-thin 15" Mac Notebook.

    At this point, it seems clear that Apple's next MacBook Pro revision will carry this new design, which many believe will take cues from the current MacBook Air designs. What's not clear is how Apple will integrate the new models with the current MacBook Air models. The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines seem destined to converge over time. In fact, Intel believes that Air-like "ultrabook" designs could make up to 40% of the consumer laptop market by the end of 2012. Apple just updated their MacBook Pro line with faster processors, which places their next revision sometime in the first half of 2012.

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    Ultra-Thin 15″ MacBook Could Hit Shelves As Soon As March 2012

    Suppliers will begin shipping components to Apple this month for an ultra-thin 15″ MacBook this month, reports DigiTimes. Retail shipments of the new MacBook are reportedly set to begin in March of 2012.





    Upstream suppliers of Apple have recently started shipping a small volume of components for a 15-inch ultra-thin notebook model from Apple in November and the device could be either MacBook Air or just a thinner MacBook Pro. The new MacBook is expected to appear as early as the second quarter of 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

    The report does not specify whether the parts are intended for a 15″ MacBook Air or a thinner 15″ MacBook Pro. In October, we reported that the new machine was nearing production.

    It’s estimated that mass shipments of the notebook device will start in March and could be categorized as either a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro. Apple currently has three screen sizes in the MacBook Pro line – 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch and 17-inch.

    A further report from early this year claimed that Apple would be releasing radically redesigned Macs in the future. A thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, perhaps without an optical drive, is just the sort of direction Apple seems to be heading in.

    Alternately, many individuals I have spoken to have said they’d be glad for a 15″ option on the MacBook Air. Perhaps Apple will kill two birds with one stone, and combine components from the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines into a single class of device?


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