Thinner MacBook Pros are in discussion from quite some time now, rumors swirled around two different products 1) 15 inch variant of Macbook Air 2) 15 Inch MacBook Pro with thinner form factor. Just yesterday Electricpig reported that according their sources Apple is planning to introduce a thinner 15 inch MacBook Pro by the end of April. Today we received another tip from a reliable source in Far East Asian supply chain that Apple is indeed planning to release a thinner 15 inch MacBook Pro by the end of next month. According to our source, these new 15 inch MacBook Pros would be powered by Intel upcoming Ivy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
When asked about more details about the form factor the source mentioned that upcoming MacBook Pro would be “thicker than currently available MacBook Airs but thinner than MacBook Pros”.
This tip falls perfectly in line with Electricpig’s report which claimed that new thinner MacBook Pros would launch in April.
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.
Remember that Intel has also updated their Ivy Bridge launch schedule and according to recent reports:
Intel is set to announce its next-generation 22nm-based Ivy Bridge processors by the end of April with 11 models including Core i7-3770K, Core i7-3770, Core i7-3770S, Core i7-3770T and Core i5-3550, expected to appear in the initial launch, while several models including Core i5-3470, Core i5-3470S, Core i5-3475S, Core i5-3570 and Core i5-3570S will be released in early June
All these reports are pointing toward a possible MacBook Pro refresh by the end of next month. It is still not clear whether Apple would introduce a Core i3 Ivy Bridge model of MacBook Pro or they would stick to Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors.
Apple and Intel has been working in partnership from a long time and there’s is a possibility that Apple would would be the first one in market to beef up their notebooks with Intel’s all new low power consuming Ivy Bridge processors before any other ultrabook manufacturer. This specific source has a good record of providing MacBook related information before the launch.
We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!