Apple Will Start Building Quad-Core, Air-Like 15-Inch MacBook Pros In April

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Want a thinner, lighter and more Air-like MacBook Pro? You’ve only got a couple months or so to wait… provided you want a 15-inch. The 13-inch might take a little longer.

A new report from the sporadically reliable Digitimes says that Foxconn will start building new 15-inch MacBook Pros using Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors starting in mid-April, following with a big build order of the 13-inch in June.

Apple, which entered into the market of ultra-thin notebooks with its MacBook Air, is also planning to adopt ultra-thin designs for its MacBook Pro product line and is set to start mass producing a 15-inch MacBook Pro in mid-April with initial monthly shipments of 200,000 units. The company will then mass produce a 13-inch model in June with initial monthly shipments of 300,000-400,000 units.

The delay of the 13-inch model seems like it might be a misunderstanding on Digitimes’s part. Earlier reports suggested that the energy-efficient Ivy Bridge processors suitable for the MacBook Air line would be delayed until June. Given that Apple is making twice as many of the 13-inches in June as they are the 15-inch in April, we’d speculate that the 13-inch model isn’t a redesigned MacBook Pro, but an updated MacBook Air.