Borrowing From Air For MacBook Pro 2011

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Rumors of the new MacBook Pro for 2011 have been intensifying over the past few days, such as release dates and what features we can expect. However, we have just learned from MacRumors that the new Pro model will have a few design cues taken from the current MacBook Air. What these are we can only guess, but maybe Apple might be going for a slightly slimmer look?

Having said that, the MacBook Air is also said to be getting another refresh; but we do not expect it to be at the same time. Depending who you listen to, most would agree that the new 2011 MacBook Pro will be released in March, as this sticks with the 8-month release cycle of the previous four updates.

The idea of a slimmer form-factor for the Pro is an interesting one, as Apple will have to do something clever to pack all that you get in the Pro – such as the SuperDrive and a better graphics card. Its not like they have not done it before, but they have to get the balance right, as we have seen the issue with the Air about packing so much in.

We already know that the MacBook Air will get an upgrade to the Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, and this is something that we hope will happen, as CPU upgrades have been a bit stagnant over the years – maybe 2011 will be different? Another thing that needs to be improved is the issue with running hot; although this was made a little better with the current model.

What changes do you expect to see in the new MacBook Pro?

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  • Daniel Kempe

    SSD, Quad Core i7, no Superdrive, thinner base design, maybe black colour option, hopefully 1st March! I'm buying whatever the weather! Thanks Apple!

  • Johnny

    NO SuperDrive! Make it optional if needed for old school people who need it.
    Make the screen bigger all the way to the edges so the 13 is the new 15.

  • Habib Alamin

    I agree with Johnny and Daniel Kempe. I don't think the author understands Apple. SuperDrive is old, even BluRay is old. Online is the future. More wireless connections. Less legacy ports. My dream machine:
    13", even better if the 12" PowerBook comes back
    Core i3 at least for the smallest one, i5 or i7 is better
    512GB SSD minimum
    4GB minimum, at least 8GB max, better if 16GB
    NO SuperDrive
    FireWire 3200 and 1600 and 800 ports, no 400
    Latest Bluetooth+EDR and any BT extras
    Light Peak
    Retina Display – unlikely
    Extra HD in the old SuperDrive place if possible

    • Athena

      Exactly! That's what I'm waiting for too… but I'd miss the FreWire 400… got loads of old drives… hey wait, i could replace all of them with one big one!

  • kiwi

    Come on Apple…drop the superdrive – don’t need it! Buy an external superdrive if you want/need it. Give me a slick “Macbook Air-like” Macbook Pro 15 please!

  • fuck you

    bullshit, now what do u say the new MacBook Pro is EXACLTY the same size and form factor like the last gen??? this whole site is a Apple fanboi bullshit pooper.