Electricpig spent a couple of hours at CU Exposed yesterday, the UK’s premier, if hilariously-named, showcase for Mac accessories. Alongside continued coos about how the new iPad’s display will ruin everything else in sight, we heard word from one anonymous vendor that Apple’s likely to launch a 15-inch MacBook Air in April, effectively killing the Pro for the average consumer.

Let’s be straight: this isn’t the first such rumour – word that a larger, 15-inch MacBook Air will drop in April has been fairly well covered. But to hear it said in such a certain manner from a premium Mac accessory maker was pretty convincing.

This particular company is a key player in MacBook docking solutions, so they’ve got to keep abreast of the finer details of what’s coming. And what is coming? If you take our source’s word for it, a 15-inch MacBook Air with ports on both sides, no optical drive and no ethernet cable.

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While our source wasn’t certain that this would completely destroy the Pro (he also stated that Apple might hold on to the 17-inch model, which would make sense for the sizeable audience of professional editors out there), he was fairly sure that the shakeup will happen in April. To that end, our source’s company’s got its manufacturers on standby to be able to make and ship a new product lineup inside of 90 days.

A lot of this makes sense. Apple’s been trying to phase out the optical disc drive for a while now, with the help of iCloud, the Mac App Store and the continued use of the phrase ‘post-PC’. Get rid of that and – aside from screen estate – the MacBook Pro really won’t stand to offer much in the way of a USP in the coming years. That’s especially so if the Airs get suitably more powerful.

Is Apple about to kill the Pro in favour of an all-Air lineup? It would definitely tie in with the company’s policy of a simple and streamlined product range. We’ll have more for you when we get it.

  • Anonymous

    I ordered a 15″ MacBook Pro this morning. Glad I did because I need a real MacBook, not an oversized MacBook Air.

    • Xuxiang900

      Maybe Apple plans to use the big MacBook Air to replace the Pro.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not what I want or wanted, hence my purchase yesterday.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not what I want or wanted, hence my purchase yesterday.

        • aons48

          But the 15in MacBook Air may have all the processing power of the current Pro, and maybe even more, without a built-in optical drive, and with a space-saving (and faster) SSD drive. It would seem wise to avoid buying a new MacBook at this time of any year.

          • Anonymous

            You are missing my point. I need the ODD and I ordered a 750 GB  HD which I can replace with a SSD when the price comes down.
            I don’t need an oversized MacBook Air, which I dislike.
            I am oft times out of range of wifi and need files locally.
            I know all the “Yes, buts…” however I chose to buy a new 15″ MBP because it suits my needs.

          • aons48

            Of course, only you can judge what’s right for your situation. I was just concerned you were judging the capabilities of the rumoured 15in MBA by the current 11/13in MBA models. It is unlikely Apple would discontinue their current MBP without replacing it with something at least as capable. We do not yet know what size SSD they may install in it. I would have thought a 500gb option wouldn’t be unrealistic. That leaves us with the optical drive. I can manage without it for most of my requirements, certainly when I’m mobile. For the rest of the time, I would be happy to use the portable ODD. But we don’t yet know what plans Apple may have to overcome the removal of the ODD. For me, I feel it may be advantageous to wait a few weeks and see what happens. They may even end up selling the MBP alongside the MBA at a reduced price. Who knows.

          • Anonymous

            You have not read or understood a single thing I have wrote, have you?

          • aons48

            Well, your posts certainly have a truncated, pompous tone. Some may say they verge on the rude. But I will rise above that. Do not think that because I engage you in conversation, and explore your ideas, that I haven’t understood what you are saying. Your original post indicated that you didn’t want an oversized MacBook Air. My previous post suggested that maybe you shouldn’t judge the rumoured 15in model by the performance of the current 11/15in models. I also dealt with your post about storage space and ODD.

            Yes, I did read your posts. Did you?

          • aons48

            Sorry.about the typo. My previous post should have rad “11/13 in model” not “11/15″

          • Poo

            The guys a twat plain and simple

          • Poo

            The guys a twat plain and simple

          • aons48

            Sorry.about the typo. My previous post should have rad “11/13 in model” not “11/15″

          • Big Sandro

            Sekkle down Macman1138

          • aons48

            Of course, only you can judge what’s right for your situation. I was just concerned you were judging the capabilities of the rumoured 15in MBA by the current 11/13in MBA models. It is unlikely Apple would discontinue their current MBP without replacing it with something at least as capable. We do not yet know what size SSD they may install in it. I would have thought a 500gb option wouldn’t be unrealistic. That leaves us with the optical drive. I can manage without it for most of my requirements, certainly when I’m mobile. For the rest of the time, I would be happy to use the portable ODD. But we don’t yet know what plans Apple may have to overcome the removal of the ODD. For me, I feel it may be advantageous to wait a few weeks and see what happens. They may even end up selling the MBP alongside the MBA at a reduced price. Who knows.

    • Xuxiang900

      Maybe Apple plans to use the big MacBook Air to replace the Pro.

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