A slimline 15-inch MacBook Pro (or souped up MacBook Air depending on who you believe), has been churning through the rumour mill for months. And having failed to materialise when Apple tarted up its MacBook Pro lineup last month, now sources close to suppliers in the Far East are claiming the size zero effort will be hitting shelves in March 2012. Read on for all the details.

“Sources from an upstream supply chain” claim that Apple has already started shipping components for its new device, which could fall into either the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air range. Previous chatter has suggested this new lappie is more likely to fall into the former category.

The insiders say product planning suggests the super slim MacBook Pro will be heading to Apple stores around the globe in March. That certainly gives Apple time to clear any current backlog of its chunkier MacBook Pros and fits in with rumours that Jony Ive and his design team are working on redesigning a raft of Apple products for release next year.

Would you buy a 15-inch MacBook Pro without an optical drive? Ir should Apple keep disc support on its top-end machines? Tell us what you think in the comments now.

Via Digitimes

  • Anonymous

    Less for more?

  • Peabody

    As a professional or work laptop, the option for an optical drive needs to be present. I do not want to have to bring an external drive with me when I travel so that I can read or burn disks.

  • Maximilian Reisch

    I bought my MBP early 2011 in July. It arrived in August. Now there is a late 2011 version. Then there’s going to be a super slim MacBook out. And I am going to rage in envy :,(

  • Maximilian Reisch

    I bought my MBP early 2011 in July. It arrived in August. Now there is a late 2011 version. Then there’s going to be a super slim MacBook out. And I am going to rage in envy :,(

  • Guest

    HDD’s are not much of a problems coz SSD’s are taking over and external hard drives are available, however i believe that cd drives are still a necessity and they should be a part of the new macbook pro line

  • Guest

    HDD’s are not much of a problems coz SSD’s are taking over and external hard drives are available, however i believe that cd drives are still a necessity and they should be a part of the new macbook pro line

  • Deada

    I have laptop with disc drive for about 5 years now – used it 5times max. So i think disc drives are history.

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