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Will Apple Drop 17-inch MacBook Pro? Analyst Thinks So

According to a well respected analyst within the tech community, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could be looking to simplify its MacBook Pro line up and can the 17-inch version because of "weak sales".

In the past, Apple has been ruthless, getting rid of models that didn't performed according to expectations. This was the case for the Xserve server range which vanished back in 2010.

Kuo predicts that the move will come as part of Apple's next refresh which will see a more prominent role from the MacBook Air and a new range of laptops that will fall midway between the former and the MacBook Pro

Only about 50,000 17-inch models have been sold worldwide according to Kuo, ten times less than the 15-inch model and 30 times less than the 13-inch one.

The new MacBook Pro is likely to drop the optical disk drive as well as the traditional spinning hard disk drive and adopt SSDs as did the MacBook Pro.

It is also likely that the next MacBook Pro will feature a screen with a higher pixel density. That said some have argued that a bigger 17-inch provides with more display real estate and can house more components, which is what content creators, the primary market for the 17-inch behemoth, want.

Source : MacRumors (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.