• Apple will ditch 17in MacBook Pro to make way for new 'hybrid' model


    Apple could be scrapping its 17in MacBook Pro model, according to a new report published by research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

    Kuo, who has offered accurate information on Apple's Mac roadmap in the past, believes the company wants to drop the 17in MacBook Pro due to weak sales, reports MacRumors.

    "While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17in MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy," Kuo explains.

    The analysis is timely, given that Apple is expected to launch a new line of notebooks this year. Various reports suggest that a MacBook hybrid combining elements of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will launch in the coming months.

    While it's still unclear what the new notebook will look like, Kuo says Apple is working on a streamlined model that utilises the portability of the MacBook Air and processing power of the MacBook Pro.

    "We predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro," Kuo says.

    Rumours point to June as a possible launch date for the new hybrid MacBook.

    What do you think is ditching the 17in MacBook Pro a smart decision by Apple? And what features would you like to see in the new MacBook model? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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