Apple to Discontinue 17-inch MacBook Pro
Apple will soon phase out the 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop and scrap the entire MacBook Pro line. This will include the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. As a substitute, Apple will introduce a new line of MacBook laptops next year, possibly around the third quarter.
This move comes after reports that the 17-inch MacBook Pro is the worst-selling laptop in the MacBook Pro line. In the notebook sales reports for the first quarter of this year, the notebook accounted for merely 1.7 percent from the total notebook sales. In contrast, the 13-inch MacBook Pro got 46.9% of the sales, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro received 18.1%.
Because of this, the replacement line for the MacBook Pro will carry 13- and 15-inch notebooks. Apple will also be upgrading their Ivy Bridge Core i7 chips processors to Haswell processors, Intel’s next-generation chips. They will moreover likely have the Retina Display, the same screen found on the latest version of the iPad. Today, the laptops in the MacBook Pro series carry 750 GB of storage, AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics, 4 GB of RAM, and a battery life of around seven hours.
The laptops’ design will likewise be redone. The new design will reportedly take elements from the MacBook Pro line and fuse them together with the wedge shape of the MacBook Air. Recently, Apple had been awarded with the patent for the shape, enabling the company to bar other manufacturers from using it in future designs.
If this plan pushes through, there will be only four Apple notebook models available, including two MacBook Air models, and two models from the upcoming new line.
Apple is expected to reveal more about its plans for its laptops on June 11 to 15 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.