The MacBook Air has become increasingly popular since Apple overhauled the ultraportable and introduced an 11-inch model back in October 2010. The company also dropped its price, making it more affordable for the average consumer and paving the way for the death of the white plastic MacBook.
But it seems the MacBook won’t be the Air’s only victim. According to one accessory vendor, the MacBook Pro will be killed of by a 15-inch MacBook Air in April.
Electricpig attended this year’s CU Exposed conference in London yesterday, which is dedicated to accessories designed for the Mac. One vendor, which is described as “a key player in MacBook docking solutions” but is not named, claims Apple will launch a 15-inch MacBook Air in April that will affectively kill of the MacBook Pro for the average consumer.
The device, like Apple’s current MacBook Airs, will feature ports on both sides, no optical drive, and no ethernet cable, according to the source. They are so confident about this that they have their manufacturers “on standby” to make and ship a new product for the 15-inch notebook within 90 days of its release.
Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking. Why would a Mac accessory vendor know anything about Apple’s future plans? I thought the same thing. But let’s not forget that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about an upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air. Back in November, supply chain sources for DigiTimes claimed a the device will arrive during the first quarter of this year.
For now, however, it’s probably best you take this rumor with a pinch of salt. Don’t go selling your 15-inch MacBook Pro just yet.