According to 9to5Mac, a reliable source for Apple rumors, the Cupertino based company is planning to introduce a new ultra-thin unibody MacBook Pro. The new computer will supposedly sport a 15-inch Retina display (which corroborates the release of the hi-res icons we’ve seen in the latest build of OS X) and USB 3.0, for super fast data transfer.
In order to achieve its ultra-thin design, Apple has decided to ditch the optical CD/DVD drive like the MacBook Air, with most content becoming downloadable or streaming and with the massive growth of the Mac App Store, this was not unexpected. Of course, for those of you who prefer a drive or if you have older software that requires it, Apple still sells a USB SuperDrive when can be connected to the new MacBook (again, like the MacBook Air).
While Apple plans to add several USB 3.0 ports, the company still plans to add at least one or two Thunderbolt ports, as it offers almost double the transfer speed than the already fast USB 3.0. Other improvements include the possible use of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, a powerful graphics card for high-end laptops that offers greatly improved battery life. 9to5Mac also suggests that these new MacBook Pro’s will use Intel’s 2.7GHz Ivy Bridge quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM for snappy speeds, great battery life and of course smooth performance.
Head over to 9to5Mac for more details, but it looks to us like Apple is about to turn the laptop market on its ear with these new MacBook Pro’s. If they can release these new computers at the same current MacBook Pro prices, Apple may be leading the charge in mobile computers again.