Apple’s 15-Inch MacBook Air Set To Begin Shipping In March [Rumor]

Apple’s 15-Inch MacBook Air Set To Begin Shipping In March [Rumor]Apple’s MacBook Air has been an incredibly popular machine since the company introduced solid-state drives as standard and reduced its price tag back in October 2010. But for some, it just doesn’t come big enough.

However, dreams of a 15-inch model are about to come true, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain. And it’ll be here by March 2012.

DigiTimes reports that “upstream suppliers” have recently started shipping a small number of components to Apple for a 15-inch “ultra-thin notebook.” It’s unclear at this point whether the device is indeed a 15-inch MacBook Air, or whether it’s an all-new, ultra-thin MacBook Pro.

Whatever it may be, the suppliers have claimed that the device will appear as early as the second-quarter of 2012:

Estimated by the product planning, mass shipments of the notebook device will start in March and could be cataloged in either the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro line.

Like existing MacBook Airs, the 15-inch notebook will not feature an optical drive. That suggests the machine will join the Air family, but in Apple’s mission to eliminate optical media, it’s also possible the MacBook Pro will lose its SuperDrive in favor of a 0.8-inch-thin form factor.

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  • Barry

    no would be a good time for people to start selling their “macbook pros” I own a 2010 15″ and 17″ Macbook Pros after owning an 11″ Macbook Air these are about as portable as desktop computers, that 15″ Macbook Air arriving in March is a Macbook Pro, look for the tell tale signs, no one saw the iPhone 4S coming yet 6 weeks before it’s launch Apple updated the Apple Bumpers so they would fit the 4S, the old ones don’t fit.
    Apple would like us at the moment to think that a 15″ Air is arriving in March but it’s a Pro, why when they can make Airs for portability would anyone want to step back and carry a brick. sell sell sell why your Pros are still worth something.

  • J C Stevenson

    After all the rumors about the iPhone 5 that proved to be complete nonsense, I don’t pay much attention to rumors.

  • techgeek01

    It would be nice for the MBP’s to pack a Blu-ray drive, HDMI and USB 3.0. But that probably won’t happen ever.

    If this goes the “Air” route, it (probably) could be safe to say, SSD only and memory soldered on the motherboard. And will it even be possible to stick current (or similar) GPU’s and CPU’s unto something that is thinner? 

    HP tried to do this (make a ultra-thin or thinner 15 inch laptop) and it failed. Apparently others tried and got the same results. (so maybe there is not really a market for a device like this…?)

    If Apple kills the 15 inch MBP and replaces it with a 15 inch MBA, that will more than confirm that they are a consumer brand. (or becoming more of one) (No more xserve, looking at killing the Mac Pro, the whole Final cut drama)  The only problem is it’s going to affect the professional users more and more.

    Good idea, but I would like to see a MBP packing better hardware (along with Blu-ray drive, HDMI and USB 3.0)  more than a thinner one.  If you really want a thin and light laptop, why would you be wanting a 15 inch laptop? a 13 inch would just be lighter and smaller. 

  • techgeek01

    It would be nice for the MBP’s to pack a Blu-ray drive, HDMI and USB 3.0. But that probably won’t happen ever.

    If this goes the “Air” route, it (probably) could be safe to say, SSD only and memory soldered on the motherboard. And will it even be possible to stick current (or similar) GPU’s and CPU’s unto something that is thinner? 

    HP tried to do this (make a ultra-thin or thinner 15 inch laptop) and it failed. Apparently others tried and got the same results. (so maybe there is not really a market for a device like this…?)

    If Apple kills the 15 inch MBP and replaces it with a 15 inch MBA, that will more than confirm that they are a consumer brand. (or becoming more of one) (No more xserve, looking at killing the Mac Pro, the whole Final cut drama)  The only problem is it’s going to affect the professional users more and more.

    Good idea, but I would like to see a MBP packing better hardware (along with Blu-ray drive, HDMI and USB 3.0)  more than a thinner one.  If you really want a thin and light laptop, why would you be wanting a 15 inch laptop? a 13 inch would just be lighter and smaller. 

  • penguinstorm

    Almost certainly the evolution of the MacBook Pro.

    I don’t want a DVD drive in my pro. I want the $79 external drive. Why? Because it hardly ever gets used, is easy enough to pack and when it breaks it only costs $79 to replace.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s going to be an option to include an internal SSD drive for the OS *and* an internal platter based hard drive to store data on. This gets the speed benefits without the cost to store data. If the OS includes some integrated caching features to keep hot files on the SSD, even better.

  • thepixelfreak

    Thin like MBA? Great. No internal DVD/Blueray? I’m o.k. with that too. But I would like quad core core i7 or the follow on (Ivy Bridge), lots of memory (4GB+), a big SSD etc.

    One thing that is a show stopper for me though, and why I haven’t bought an MBA (I use my 13″ MBP for home *and* work) is a hardwired gigabit ethernet port. There should be plenty of space on a 15 inch variant. A gigabit dongle via thunderbolt port would be second less desirable option.

  • diamondprojects

    Barry, are you a second hand Apple dealer by any chance?

  • Courtlandcg2

    Looks pretty cool but be ready to buy an external hard dive.   http://howtofixmymac.blogspot….

  • pchacker

    It seems to me (as a developer) that a 15″ MBA would be just the right compromise between a very light (but durable) machine coupled with a high enough resolution (presuming they’ll be able to score at LEAST 1600x and quite possibly 1920x) that I can run multiple dev instances side by side on my screen comfortably.

    The 13″ touting a 1440 just does quite get it when I’m doing “side-by-sides” where the standard resolution is 800x (if that makes sense)…

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