Rumor: Apple to Revamp Entire MacBook Pro Line in 2012

According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple will be revamping its entire MacBook Pro line this year. In a nutshell, it sounds like the new MacBook Pros will essentially be souped-up MacBook Airs.

The new Pros will feature the Air’s all-aluminum unibody design and slim down by eliminating ODDs and HDDs in favor of reliance upon Apple’s cloud-based services (iCloud, Mac App Store, etc.) and flash-based SSDs. They’ll also reportedly feature Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture and Thunderbolt interface.

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The rumor suggests that the 15-inch model will be out first, followed by the 17-inch model. There’s no word on a 13-inch version, although it’s not unlikely that Apple may simply let the 13-inch Pro fade out. With the MacBook Pro redesign, Apple will have 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs and 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, all with similar body types and basic features. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to keep a 13-inch Pro in the lineup.

While the sexy new design and subsequent low weight will no doubt be pleasing to the eye and shoulder, respectively, never will the bushes of the walled garden be so high with the removal of the ODD; come 2013, Apple will no longer have any notebooks with an optical drive.