Before this years MacBook Pro refresh was unveiled we had assumed that it would be more Air-like. What we mean by this is that it should have had an ultra-thin design. Do not give up on the idea of a thinner lighter Pro, as Apple could still release one in time for the Christmas rush in both 15-inch and 17-inch. We can already see that Apple wants to make their devices smaller, you only have to look at the Mac Mini and Apple TV to realize this.
There are a number of changes that Apple will be able to make in order to make the MacBook Pro thinner, and one of the first is removing the hard drive and replacing it with an SSD instead. This is currently an optional extra, but needs to be made a standard feature. There are other changes, but there is the worry that performance will be lost.
Apple is not stupid, and will not compromise what makes the Pro so good, so will no doubt be in talks with Intel and NVIDIA to make sure that they can reduce the component size, but also keep the same performance. According to MacRumors, Apple has already started testing the 15-inch version of the thinner MacBook Pro — we just hope that they do not use those slower SSDs that they have thrown inside the new MacBook Air’s
There are no details as to the hardware and performance, but we believe that it would have to be inline with the current Pro, well apart from what we have already discussed. We do expect battery life to be increased, especially if they do shift to SSD over the standard spinning hard drive.
I currently have a 2009 MacBook Air, and was considering upgrading to the new 2011 model. However, because I work on mine all day the right decision was to go with the new 27-inch iMac. Now I do love both machines, but I find that the Air is not powerful enough and the iMac is a bit of an overkill.
Now I could have gone for the MacBook Pro, but the weight of the device was a put-off. Now if an ultra-thin Pro had been on the market, then just maybe that would have swayed my decision. Having said that, the iMac is a beautiful device and I am sure that it will come into its own over the next few months. Also I know like the fact that the iMac is just for work, and the Air is for pleasure — although I do use the Air to collect emails, as it’s much easier keeping all in one place.