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Thursday, July 28, 2011
TECH NEWS: Apple rumored to be testing new, ultra-thin MacBook Pro!
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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com / July 27, 2011 | 9:52 am.
Apple rumors on the Web seem to be never-ending and the latest speculation kicks around the idea that a MacBook Pro laptop that's as thin as a MacBook Air is being tested in Cupertino, Calif.
MacRumors.com got this string started Tuesday with a report that it "has learned" from unnamed sources that Apple was working on an ultra-thin laptop with a 15-inch screen. Currently, the MacBook Air laptops come with 11-inch or 13-inch displays.
"We aren't certain if it will be called a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, but we do know that it is already in late testing stages at Apple," MacRumors said in its report. "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. 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."
The rumor-centric blog says that Apple probably would introduce such a lightweight laptop late this year, at the earliest. TUAW, another Apple-focused blog, followed MacRumors with a report of its own that a thin and light MacBook Pro-sized laptop was on the way in both 15-inch and 17-inch screen sizes.
Apple officials weren't available for comment Wednesday morning, but the company does has a longstanding policy of not commenting on rumors.
One aspect that isn't in question is Apple's push to do what it can to wean the world off of optical drives, CDs and DVDs by removing optical drives from its computers.
Last week it released a new optical-drive-free Mac mini desktop computer and by killing off the entry-level MacBook laptop, thus moving the MacBook Air into the entry-level spot.