A new product that is set to be released within the year by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will likely merge the features found on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to produce the MacBook Pro 2012. This was hinted recently by an analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst also indicated that Apple may discontinue the 17-inch version of the MacBook Pro, which is the biggest version of the device, in an effort to reorganize its laptop lineup.
The upcoming MacBook Pro 2012 will offer the same power as the MacBook Pro and the mobility of the MacBook Air. Kuo also revealed that the MacBook Pro 2012 may be released near the start of the third quarter and will offer solid performance and enhanced mobility. The release of the MacBook Pro 2012 into the market will likely result to the end of the 17-inch version of the MacBook Pro due to unimpressive sales and reduction in the deliveries of the device.
Earlier reports have hinted at the possible overhaul of the MacBook Pro lineup of Apple within the year where some of the features of the MacBook Air will be integrated into an upcoming MacBook Pro 2012. The reports supposedly came from sources that were knowledgeable about the plans of Apple in connection to the upcoming MacBook Pro 2012.
First quarter sales of the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro are expected to reach 1.5 million units while the 15-inch version may have sales reaching 500,000 units. Sales of the 17-inch version of the device are expected to reach only 50,000 units. On the other hand sales of the MacBook Air are expected to reach 1.1 million units in the same period.
Speculations also emerged on the possibility that hybrid devices may be offered by Apple in addition to the MacBook Pro 2012.
No statements were released by Apple in connection to reports about the possible MacBook Pro 2012.