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Analyst Predicts: No More 17-inch MacBook Pro in the Future

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KGI Securities’ Ming-chi Kuo revealed his prediction last Monday that Apple is likely to discontinue the production of its 17-inch MacBook Pro. According to the analyst, falling shipment is the reason why the notebook is soon to get an ax.

Kuo has a respectable track record with regards to Apple’s products. In 2011, he was first to indicate that the Cupertino-based company would phase out its 13-inch polycarbonate MacBook Pro. After that, they completely stopped the production of the white entry-level notebook.

It was replaced by a $999 11.6-inch MacBook Air. On the other hand, the education institutions were allowed to buy special, but less powerful version of the 13.3-inch ultrathin laptop in bulk for the same price.

Revamped MacBook Pro Units

Last February, it was reported that Apple will revamp its MacBook Pro lineups. Featuring a slimmer and lighter design akin to MacBook Air, the redesigned notebook will also boast Intel’s next-generation processor, the Ivy Bridge.

Furthermore, the company is expected to have a staggered release, starting with the 15-inch model that is said to be rolled out later this month. It will be followed by the 13-inch units next June.

The redesigned MacBook Pro is said to ditch the optical drive to make it lighter. It will also adapt some of MacBook Air’s specs like the instant-on capability, flash memory-based solid-state drives, ultrathin enclosure and extended battery life. Meanwhile, the 17-inch MacBook Pro is rumored to retain its design. But with the latest report, it seems that this will not be the case anymore.

The New MacBook Pro is coming Your Way

A couple of weeks ago, there were reports that Apple retailers reflected a backorder status for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. J&R listed the 2.2 GHz unit as “out of stock,” while the 2.4 GHz is “on order.” MacConnection’s 2.2 GHz model temporarily when out of stock earlier that week, and Best Buy has stopped accepting online order for the 2.4 GHz model for home delivery.

The backorder status of multiple retailers is usually a sign that Apple is ramping down the production of its existing MacBook models before introducing a new line. The reports occurred after it was revealed that Intel is gearing up to launch its Ivy Bridge processors. The chips were alleged to arrive later this month, which was later moved to April 23, with the Core i5 and Core i7 heading to the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

 

There may be contradicting reports with regards to Apple’s 17-inch MacBook Pro models. Nevertheless, Kuo’s statement will remain a prediction until the company made an official announcement.

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