Apple is readying a brand-new, 15-inch MacBook Pro that will sport an ultra-thin design, a higher-resolution Retina display, and USB 3.0 ports, according to a new report.
Citing unnamed supply chain sources, 9to5Mac said the updated laptop is currently in test production, and is slated to come out this summer.
While previous rumors have indicated that the next MacBook Pros will adopt the design of the ultra-thin MacBook Air, 9to5Mac’s sources claimed this is not the case. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro will not have the tapered design of the MacBook Air, but will instead look like a thinner version of itself. Apple is reportedly getting rid of the MacBook Pro’s optical drive to make the laptop thinner.
The round aluminum power button currently found on the top right above the keyboard will also go away. Instead, the power button will move to the keyboard itself, as is the case with the current MacBook Air.
Meanwhile, the new MacBook Pro will also be upgraded with a new high-resolution Retina display, similar to the display found on the iPhone 4/4S and new iPad, according to 9to5Mac. Sources said the new display was is “jaw-dropping” and “definitely the most important Mac innovation in years.” The display will feature multiple Retina resolution models — including big, small, or optimal — so users will be able to adjust the sharpness and image sizes to their preference.
Finally, the USB ports on the unibody casing of the next MacBook Pro will support USB 3.0. 9to5Mac said that Apple has been testing USB 3.0 technology for some time, but the new MacBook Pro will be the first to include the ultra-fast connector. The new USB 3.0 ports will not replace Thunderbolt, but instead run side by side.
The launch date for the next MacBook Pro remains unknown.
For more, see PCMag’s review of the current 15-inch MacBook Pro and the slideshow below.
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