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MacBook Air-Like Update to MacBook Pro Line Expected (Again)

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It doesn't seem fair that the MacBook Air line has several features over the MacBook Pro (sleek profile; USB ports on both sides; higher-res screen...). A major design refresh to the Pro line, the first in three years, has been bandied about for months now, but according to Japanese site Macotakara, Apple's definitely working on a skinnier Pro.

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Inside sources (presumably at a factory) have been cited, claiming the LCD screens used in the new Pros have finished being developed, though there's no word on what sizes they are. Whether we'll be seeing beefier Pro laptops in the same 11 and 13-inch sizes as the Air, or just in the 15 and 17-inch sizes of the Pro, remains to be seen.

A minor update to the Pro range was wheeled out last week, with processors and graphics cards being the only difference between them and the previous versions, which were last updated in February 2011. [Macotakara via Mac World via Gizmodo UK]

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I hope they get rid of the optical drive. Lots of space and weight for something I've used twice in two years, once for an OS install which could have been done via USB.

Mobile Ivy Bridge probably won't be out in time for this, right?