Numerous web leaks from sources claiming to have “inside information about Apple’s future plans” Apple has kept the industrial design of the MacBook Pro intact since late 2008, but many rumors are hinting that Apple will shave some of its weight to make it more like the ultra-thin MacBook Air. According to sources from 9To5Mac, Apple is planning to introduce new laptops with an entirely new design that will be thinner and lighter, have a Retina resolution display, and drop the optical drive.
Dropping the optical drive will help the MacBook Pro lose some of its girth. Still, some reports are indicating that the exterior design will remain in line with previous models, housing the typical MagSafe, ThunderBolt, and SD card reader ports.
Bloomberg has confirmed Apple will indeed unveil new MacBook Pro models at their WWDC event in June. Citing some inside sources “with knowledge of the plans,” Bloomberg states these new Macbooks will include the same technology of the Retina displays “like those found on the iPhone and iPad.” And also it will be powered by Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors and come with newest OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” pre-installed.
9to5Mac is also reporting that the new Macbook Pros will include support for USB 3.0, allowing users to enjoy faster data transfer of 5Gbit/s than with the older USB 2.0 ports.