Slimmer Versions of Macbook Pro in the Works, Accoding to Sources

The next-generation MacBook Pro will have a revised design that scraps the optical disk drive. The result is a slimmer model that will come in 13-, 15-, and 17- inch sizes.

To compensate for the removal of the optical disk drive, Apple is giving the notebook more CPU power and storage capacity.

Production has been going on for a while, with shipments starting this month for an initial 100,000 to 150,000 units of the MacBook Pro. Eventually, this will rise to 900,000 units.

The move by Apple to refresh the image of the MacBook Pro is timely, especially in light of the impending launch of new notebooks carrying the new Ivy Bridge processor from Intel. These notebooks had been planned to be launched before Apple released the new MacBook Pro. However, delays in the shipping schedule of the processor have also held up the release of these devices.

Among the features of the new MaBook Pro are Thunderbolt, which offers a speedy connection between the notebook and peripherals, with rates up to 10 GB/s. Another feature is OS X Lion, which offers 250 new features such as full screen apps, Launchpad, and multi-touch functions.

The notebooks will sell at prices starting at $1199.

via digitimes

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Written by: Björn A.