The MacBook Pro Will Be Killed In April By The 15-Inch MacBook Air [Rumor]

The MacBook Pro Will Be Killed In April By The 15-Inch MacBook Air [Rumor]

Source claims the 15-inch MacBook Pro will become the MacBook Air's next victim.

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.

  • Daniel Fernandes

    No way… MacBook Pro is used to run more complex programs Air can’t run.

  • Ed_Kel

    No way will Apple kill off the MBP.. I understand this is a rumor site, but an accessory vendor? Probably the same one that bet a million dollars in case design that the 4S was a redesign.

  • Cindon83

    Ok..so all we know is that there are more people talking about the MB Air 15″ rumor…thanks for the update. Nothing like riveting reporting 

  • Adam Brewer

    Please, please, please, STOP QUOTING DIGITIMES IN RUMOR REPORTS.  Their accuracy level is 0%.

  • Bob Roebling

    It wouldn’t be a smart move, I can’t process songs very quickly in Logic if I used a MBA.

  • Tim Lanfair

    macbook air’s are ultra portables, able to run most applications with ease, but macbook pro’s are powerhouses, faster processors, more upgradability, larger hard drives,, i would never use final cut pro on a macbook air, or motion on an air. Until those sad get larger in capacity ill keep my pro!,,, if the air line ever got a bump in storage and processors i might change my mind, but until then macbook pro!

  • subnet12

    If photoshop run’s fine on it. It’s fine with me

  • Jack Durrant

    I don’t think a 15-inch MacBook Air would kill the MacBook Pro. The black bezel on the screen of the MacBook Pro just looks better.

  • JF Schnell

    Simply ridiculous piece of information

  • FriarNurgle

    Not all rumors are created equal.

  • tv_gadget

    a macbook air with macbook pro specs??umm ill take 3 !!!

  • Jordan Clay

    Ok,  I believe Apple will start positioning  the Air as the consumer laptop and the Pro as the (ummm) PRO model.  There are a ton of professionals that just need the HD space and processing power that the pro packs.  I just don’t see Apple killing of the Mac Pro/Macbook Pro and giving the middle finger to all Professionals.

  • Karras

    The 13″ MacBook Air has not even managed to kill the 13″ MacBook Pro yet. What reason is there to believe that a 15″ model would accomplish this? Sure, if they do release one, it will probably sell well but I seriously doubt that it will be killing anything.

  • andrei paraipan

    the 15 MBA wont kill the MBP, maybe they will just remove the 13inch MBP from the market. Some programs (that I use) such as photoshop cs5, final cut pro x, after efects cs5, work good on the high end MBA now (1.8 ghz i7, 4gb ram) but sometimes you still need a cd drive, or enthernet port because not every place in the world has a good wireless network and the speed on a MBP (15 inch quad core) is just fast. There is no way apple will remove the MBP from the market.  

  • Racka Fracka

    No way I’d dump my MBP for an Air. I need the horsepower for mixing in Logic Pro and Pro Tools. Also, I still have a need for a built-in optical drive. For everything else (web/mail/social networking), there’s the iPad.

  • Adam A

    yep.. sure… and I’ll win a lottery just tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow at the latest). MacBook Pro (or it’s successor) with no ethernet port. Yep. As soon as WiFi is at 1Gb/s and is as reliable.

  • peteinoz

    Well said. Killing off the MBP for an ‘upgraded’ Air would be crazy. I’ve been using a Powerbook G4, then upgraded to a 15′ MBP 6 years ago and I slave a back-up drive and 20′ screen off it.
    The MBP is a great unit.

  • Charlie Robinson

    This is why bloggers should not post ridiculous rumors, as people who are reading this and don’t know any better are making thier purchase decisions based on this garbage. Seriously knock it off with the sensationalist headlines just to get clicks. Report the facts and nothing else and you will be followed intensely. 

  • penguinstorm

    This is as much a question of “define your terms” as anything else. What defines a “MacBook Air?” A single SSD? A weight under four pounds? A screen so small that it’s not functionally useful?

    My bet for next generation 15″ laptops is they’ll offer dual hard drive options for an SSD and a magnetic drive, no optical drive and snuggle up against the five pound line. It’s probably what I’ll buy, but the current MacBook Airs lack storage space and expansion capabilities (insufficient ports) and that’s a major problem for a lot of people.

  • Alex-Spider Hewitt

     If this happens, I will be severely annoyed. Apple may think disc drives and ethernet ports are outdated, but they are essential for my industry. I know I will be able to buy adapters and external drives, but I’d rather just have it included in the device, and not have to worry about an adapter failing. Plus unless they manage to cram a lot more into that shell, there is no way it’ll have enough power for me.

  • Bob Forsberg

    If only politicians and rumor writers could be held financially accountable for tales that come out of their mouths.

  • SkolVikes88

    I have a 15″ MBP and a 13″ MBAir.  All I can say is that using the Air daily, when I grab the MBP – which I LOVE – it feels like a boat anchor.  The Air model is the future – no doubt about it.

  • Stephen Minton

    I sold my MBA to get a 15″ MBP because the Air didn’t work for me, but every time I pick up the MBP and feel its weight in my hands, I wonder if I made the wrong choice – boat anchor is a pretty good analogy. A compromise between the portability of the Air and the power of the MBP would be pretty compelling, if they can pull it off. 

  • Connor Mulcahey

    Think about it not as killing the MBP, but just taking out the disk drive and making it thinner. Same great performance only thinner, lighter, and lacking a disk drive. I have a 17″ MBP and don’t believe that I have ever used the disk drive once. All my software has been downloaded from the web and Mac App Store, I transferred all my CDs over years before I bought it and have since stopped buying them thanks to iTunes. There is no longer any need for the Disk Drive. It will disappear like VHS and the Floppy disk. THe only reason I really bought an iPad is because I hated lugging around my 7 lb MBP for when all I was going to do was little things. If they do this, than it won’t be as much of a pain to carry around.

  • RadTech5000

    Loving my new MacBook Pro! I would be very sadened to see the day Apple no longer offered the Pro line. The Macbook Air line is very nice of but in the end I didn’t want to give up the extra power I would loose by going with the Air. Plus I’ll have my New iPad soon, so between the two devices I think I got everything covered. :)

  • Barrett Jasper

    Man I dunno, the MacBook Pro definately has the GPU needed for many apps and is why it’s purchased…more horsepower. Maybe Apple will adopt the Kisler GPU via Nvidia. That being said…aMacBook Air 15″ with a new dedicated gpu again, Kisler gpu would be sweet. I’m not going to sell my MBP anytime soon on a rumor, but if this doesn’t go well and catch on so to speak if indeed, it does replace the traditional MBP line, I’ll be buying them up off CL and eBay as I can see many people wanting the MBP as well…..very interesting for sure. I think the dedicated video memory is key, we have all (mostly) seen the Airs and know they are fast because of the SSD in them and the optical drive should be fizzled out anyway imo, (I never use mine personally, not even for movies) and I replaced it with an SSD to boot my MBP in 16secs from power off to full desktop. So this is definately my preferred machine….a new air…I’m on the fence.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    Regardless of whether they call it the Pro  or the Air or how it’s spec’d, Apple is going to kill off the form factor with the optical drive and all that bloat because the vast number of consumers are like me and have used their optical drives maybe a dozen times in the last five years. The only reason to opt for magnetic drive over flash is cost but Pro models are priced in a range that can absorb this increase without much difference in price. I bumped the drive in my 12″ MB air to128GB for the same $1,200 I purchased my white MacBook and wound up with a much faster computer with more storage than my previous one just like I would have if I purchased a pro. 
    One reason why they would let vendors know in advance is that this upgrade, unlike typical upgrades where consumers withhold purchasing new equipment in anticipation of new product,  will likely result in millions of users that are still married to their DVD’sfor one reason or the other  rushing out to buy an optical drive equipped Pro before they become obsolete. 

  • Barrett Jasper

    agreed, I like the heft of my MBP but wouldn’t mid in it were lighter as long as they don’t kill the benefits of having a “Pro” to begin with….video memory (GPU)

  • Barrett Jasper

    my biggest fear is the loss of power that current MBP have. I don’t care personally about the ethernet and optical but less power will REALLY tick me off as that’s the reason we all buy MBP over current models.

  • Barrett Jasper

    agreed, it’ll need more ports but the 15″ size will probably allow for that anyway so it’ll prob have FW800, T-Bolt, usb x 2, ethernet (hopefully, some need this) and an additional hdd bay or option.

  • Barrett Jasper

    agree with your comment for the most part, but tech sites have always posted rumor and speculation that has came true so I take it ALL with a big grain of salt. Some come true and most don’t. When I read this I thought “BS” BUT….if you think about it, it’s a smart move for Apple who will always rennovate old lines etc. (titanium VS unibody) etc. so this isn’t too far fetched as long as they get the GPU rioght to justify calling it a “Pro” “AirPro” perhaps.

  • riotgeek

    I know that some tech peeps are chomping at the bit to get rid of optical drives, but it is a stupid, stupid idea. People who work in creative fields (myself included) for the most part still need optical drives. It’s the reason I buy MacBook Pros over the MacBook Air. I want a notebook that can handle Photoshop and Lightroom without dying mid-process. That, and I don’t like the look of the Air. It’s too fragile looking. I want something that looks like it can handle whatever I throw at it, not something that looks like an expensive toy.

  • John

    The MacBook Air currently tops out at 256 GB of storage. The MacBook Pro tops out at 750 GB of storage. Me, I tote about an older MBP with a 500 GB drive and I’ve pretty much filled it up (iTunes, iPhoto, it all adds up).

    So when they replace the Pro with the Air, are they going to put a terabyte of storage on it? I’d be game for that. I think we’ll see an eventual move to solid-state drives, but the storage capacity of the MBA is a handicap. Fine as an accessory to a desktop machine, tough to sell as your one place for everything.

  • Aishwarya Singh

    a 15? Air sounds good but the question is does it atleast have the power in terms of discrete graphics and things like a quad core chip which u do get in a 15 inch pro, as some people prefer the 15 inch from the 17 in terms of partability while it is sufficient for their needs, saying bye to the optical drive and ethernet port should not be a problem but there shall b multiple ports on both sides with multiple usb points, etc…  and enough power in terms of graphics n processor so that it can really replace MBP, i think it will rather be a redesigned thinner MBP but mayb not as thin which still continues to hav the power it does rite now….not having a 15 inch pro would for sure disappoint a large segment of the market, i would want the power in a 15 inch MBP while i think the 17″ MBP is too big for me for everyday use…….

  • Mitch McKee

    Considering how many creative professionals left Apple when matte screens were all but obliterated, this would be a dangerous move for Apple. As great as the MB Air is, I don’t think the creative industry is ready to switch over to it just yet. The MBP has been the trusted device for too long.

    On the other hand, if there were an 18″ MB Air, I’d consider it.

  • Brandon Dillon

     COTD

  • Mike Rathjen

    The inherent problem with being an Apple news site is that Apple is very good at keeping secrets.

    If CoM only reports facts, there will only be new posts on the few days a year that Apple holds press conferences.

  • Figurative

    I would be fine if the next MBP ditched the hard drive and DVD/CD player.  My current MBP has the SSD option and I rarely if ever use the optical drive.  But I do need the fastest processor possible and the most powerful graphics card available.  I use my MBP for high-end CAD applications.

  • djrobsd

    If Apple does this I’m switching back to a PC.  I am a huge fan of the Macbook PRO and I **** HATE **** LOTHE AND DETEST the Macbook Air… It’s way too under powered, and I need to have an ethernet port, I don’t want a bunch of dongles sticking out my laptop to use the network in my office.  

  • djrobsd

    BTW, a good percentage of macbook pro users are musicians or DJ’s and need the optical drive to burn demos.  While we’d all like to give managers, promoters and other people download links to our work, the reality is the industry still works off of physical burned media when it comes to meeting a manager and giving them your demo.  

  • James Barnette

    I think while the title was intended to mislead and cause controversy because hey it is good because it has everyone up in arm and discussing it here creating hits.

    What the headline and what the article say are completely different!!!
     what he said was”  claims Apple will launch a 15-inch MacBook Air in April that will affectively kill of the MacBook Pro for the average consumer.”

    Not that they are killing off the product. but that it will effectively kill of the average consumers need for the MBP. That average consumer users safari and mail and maybe some office apps.

    He says nothing about the MBP being discontinued. 

  • aborovkoff

    This article seems a little “of” ……..or is it “off”? And then will the Air get killed of(f) by the iPad? Why would you buy an Air when the iPad can do pretty much everything the Air can? The MBP doesn’t have a replacement that I can see that would knock it “of(f)”. Ok, ok, ok, I will knock it “of(f)” now.

  • Lee Dumond

    You guys talking about the lack of optical drives in the Mac Air… you DO realize you can hook up an external optical drive to those, right?

  • MobiusStripper

    I’ve just bought a 13″ MBP form my local Apple store, when I was discussing the MBA Vs MBP with one of the specialists it just didn’t make sense to drop that kind of cash on the MBA sure it’s nice and light but the processor is far too weak plus you can’t upgrade the SSD the MBA seemed like a nice gimmick but given the limitations it wouldn’t have been a sensible purchase and I’m not looking to use it for professional purposes anyone looking at an MBA for that would be sorely disappointed.

  • iLikeLemons

    wut u smokin’ bro?

  • Daniel Hertlein

    Put it in your hands. It’s like a tank and way more solid feeling than the Pro. Which makes sense since the built in flash and the lack of an optical drive means that it’s for all purposes a solid hunk of aluminum. 

    It’s just a form factor change. There’s no reason that I’m aware of that they would have to  downgrade the processor speed. If they didn’t, it would be faster due to the proven speed advantages of flash memory. Not too minimize your personal experience but I work in creative too and I don’t know many peers who use optical drives much anymore. 

  • CaioD

    your comment made me laugh my head off, but yea, the air is too weak for pro while the pro hence pro is more for pros

  • nthnm

    Don’t see this happening in the coming months.

  • babdoc

    Exactly.  There’s a good compromise.  I don’t see a 15 inch MBA replacing the MBP, but I do see an “air-styled” MBP:  thinner, flash storage, no optical drive, etc. with the same quad-core processors as the current MBP line.  Those that need a CD/DVD drive could use an external.  They’re on the way out anyway.  

    The biggest hinderance is that flash is more expensive storage.  But it’s getting cheaper.  Maybe the thinner MBPs are not coming this year.  But, as soon as a large amount amount of flash (i.e. 256-500GB for the standard model instead of 64GB) is feasible, I could see an air-styled MBP happening.  My bet is 2014.

  • Dilbert A

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    Compact and convenient, the MacBook Air SuperDrive connects to your MacBook Air computer or Mac mini with Lion Server with a single USB cable and fits easily into a travel bag. It lets you install software and play and burn both CDs and DVDs, including double-layer DVDs.

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    Only slightly bigger than a CD case, the MacBook Air SuperDrive slips easily into your travel bag when you hit the road and takes up little space on your desk or tray table when you’re working.

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    What’s in the Box
    MacBook Air SuperDrive with attached USB cable
    User’s Guide
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    MacBook Air computer
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    Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
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  • Dilbert A

    I prefer an Ethernet port myself, but I’d still buy it.

  • Dilbert A

    “Considering how many creative professionals left Apple when matte screens were all but obliterated, this would be a dangerous move for Apple. “

    Apple is a non-pro consumer focused company primarily.

    With this strategy Apple has become the most valuable company in the world, in history.

    Apple could loose all the pros, and it wouldn’t make a difference. They won’t, but I’m sure a loud and vocal minority will make a fuss about for a while.

  • Dilbert A

    So use a Superdrive.

  • Dilbert A

    Maybe it’ll be all battery like the iPad. Space savings from an SSD vs HDD and no optical drive and all. 

  • Dinnie Lim

    This seems quite ridiculous. The original white MacBook was killed off because the MBP could do what it did. The MacBook Air, on the other hand, is not and cannot be a replacement of the MacBook Pro.

  • iLikeLemons

    most likely the macbook pro will get thinner and better (thinking how light the ipad is and how much it evolved) but there will still be 2 categories of laptops. Otherwise it’s not pro anymore

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