Analyst believes that Apple will be able to revive the name “MacBook”, with new models of 13 and 15 inches; the 17 would be discontinued

The alleged 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro cases "leaked" in the last few days (1, 2) left some confused, mainly due to the fact that the smaller model still has an optical drive and the larger one does not. Soon it was thought that one of the two would be false, but information brought today by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securities, may explain the reason for this difference.

According to Kuo, Apple will take advantage of next week's event to revive the name “MacBook”, with new models of 13 and 15 inches which will have a design similar to the Air, without optical drive, with Retina screens and comparable processing power. with the Pro line.

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While the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBooks Air are also expected to gain upgrades, the interesting thing is that the current Pro line would also be maintained with some updates except for the 17-inch model, which is said to be discontinued. Depending on the success of the new line of MacBooks, the Pros may be discontinued in 2013.

The bet is somewhat curious, since it would make the line too big and the only real advantage of keeping the Pros for a while longer would be to still have a laptop with a built-in optical drive. Does Apple, or rather, does the market really need this? The trend of their end is clear and evident, and those who really need it can simply use an external drive for that.

As the owner of some 17-inch MacBooks Pro (since the time of the PowerBooks G4, by the way), I am very saddened by the possibility of the end of the line but I hope that the new 15-inch MacBook really incorporates a Retina display with a resolution such that compensate for this change. It would be difficult to adapt to something more "compact", after so long. The move makes sense for Apple, however, since sales of these 17-inch models would represent about 1% of the total.

All of this is still in the field of speculation, of course. We should know for sure in three days.

(via AppleInsider: 1, 2)