Apple Reportedly Working on Ultra-Thin 15-inch MacBook Pro

Imagine having the power of a MacBook Pro crammed into a notebook chassis about the size of a MacBook Air. Sounds pretty crummy if you're a Windows die-hard, but for those of you who fancy yourself an Apple fan, such a design would be nothing short of a win. As it turns out, Apple isn't just imaging a razor thin MacBook Pro, the Cupertino outfit is reportedly building one.

That's the chatter coming from MacRumors, who claims a 15-inch ultra-thin MacBook Pro notebook is already in the latest testing stages at Apple. A launch could come as early as the holiday shopping season, and if this isn't all a bunch of wishful thinking, the timing will be a bit odd considering Apple just recently refreshed its MacBook Air and Pro lines with new hardware.

What will be interesting to see is if, as MacRumors suggests, Apple dispenses of the optical drive and runs with an integrated SSD in any future ultra-thin products. The lack of an optical drive would mean Apple's betting big on the cloud, and we suspect it's still a bit too early to go that route.