Rumors have been swirling for years that a new MacBook Pro is on the way that would ditch the optical drive and even an even more svelte package in the wake of the MacBook Air’s success. It looks like those rumblings are finally coming to fruition with those in the know now pointing to a summer release for an all-new notebook from Apple.
The latest information comes out of 9to5 Mac, and here’s the rundown of rumored features:
- All-new ultra-thin design, yet not tapered like the MacBook Air
- High resolution, retina-style display running at 2880 x 1800
- Native USB 3.0 support thanks to Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chipset
These are the rumored features, but one confirmed component is Nvidia graphics. The Verge, corroborated by ABC News, say that the new machines will in fact use a Nvidia chipset likely based on the GeForce 650m “Kepler” architecture. A reference to specific chipset where also located by 9to5 Mac
Other small rumored tidbits include the relocation of the power button from the outskirts of the keyboard to on the keyboard itself similar to the current MacBook Air design, and the removal of the built-in ethernet port due to size constraints.
The newly redesigned MacBook Pro is rumored to hit sometime this summer, with WWDC in June acting as a well-timed stage for the announcement.