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Now that Apple has conquered the 11-inch and 13-inch form factor with the MacBook Air, there are rumblings that the company has set its sights on a super-slim 15-inch notebook computer that’s nearing completion -- but it’s not likely to be part of the Air lineup.
MacRumors is reporting that Apple is in “late testing stages” on a new, ultra-thin 15-inch Mac notebook. Although that immediately brings to mind visions of the new MacBook Air models which are available in 11-inch and 13-inch form factors, the 15-inch model is expected to arrive with MacBook Pro branding, possibly “alongside a thin 17-inch model” as well.
“Many now expect that Apple's design choices in the Air will eventually make their way to the MacBook Pro product, with the use of integrated SSD and lack of optical drive being the most notable changes allowing for such a thin design,” the report claims. “While we don't know for a fact, we expect that any future ‘ultra thin’ laptop from Apple will also dispense with a built-in optical drive. As evidenced by its recent release of the optical drive-less Mac mini, Apple has no problem leaving physical media behind.”
Following MacRumors’ lead, TUAW has also fueled speculation about this new 15-inch model, claiming it may arrive by Christmas with MacBook Pro branding, with an equally thin 17-inch model also available. One thing’s for sure: Fans of the optical drive are likely to be unhappy campers soon…
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