RUMOR: New MacBook Pro models with SSD, Light Peak, no optical drive coming in April

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac - $10 off“With most of the excitement happening in Apple’s iPad tablet, MacBook Air ultraportable and iPhone 4 smartphone segments, the poor MacBook Pro has been somewhat relegated,” Chris Davies reports for SlashGear.

“The latest rumors, however, suggest that’s all likely to change in April 2011, with Three Guys and a Podcast tipping a significant refresh that will see the new MacBook Pro gain not only up to 512GB of SSD storage in a wholesale shift to solid-state memory, but the adoption of Intel’s Light Peak technology,” Davies reports.

“The new MacBook Pro will also apparently lose its optical drive,” Davies reports. “Apple is expected to keep a ‘legacy’ 15-inch MBP for those unwilling to drop the DVD burner…”

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  1. No optical in the MacBook Air is one thing. That, for me anyhow, is a second computer, one that I take when I don’t want to tote the MBP. But no optical in the MBP is a problem. As a photographer who also does video, I burn DVDs on a near daily basis. I still watch my movies on DVD (don’t have the hard drive space for all of them). I wouldn’t even consider a MBP without an optical drive.

  2. Well, SSD—Yes!
    Light Peak,—Yes!
    No optical drive—better offer up an alliterative and it better be good.
    This whole stuff of streaming data, cloud computing will go only so far with present technology, without something to take the place of optical medium.
    Jack has it right.

  3. “the poor MacBook Pro has been somewhat relegated”

    Except Apple found a way to machine it out of solid aluminum while keeping it light, give it a desktop-class processor and graphics, and build in the brightest, highest resolution screen I’ve ever seen on a portable.

    With a 27″ monitor the MBP has replaced several desktop workstations here at our shop.

    Other than that it’s been “relegated”.

  4. I think the LightPeak is meant to facilitate the use of external players and burners. You’ would actually get better performance with LightPeak and an external optical drive than in the current setup. The throughput will be considerably higher. Apple could conceivably provide an external option at launch. It would certainly prove the value of LightPeak.

  5. I know SSD is superior to Hard Drives, but a big problem is it increases the price. I’ve run out of space pretty quickly, and I really need the larger space, but if it’s going to add another $1,000 on to the price, that’s going to be a big deterrent.

  6. I’m in the market and not sure whether to hold off or not. I’d like to see them have the option of an optical drive or a second hard drive; with an SSD for the OS and applications and a higher capacity standard HDD for storage. I could always use an external optical drive if needed.

    Light Peak is going to be awesome. I wonder if they can make a thumb drive with this technology instead of USB; at least one that’s affordable.

  7. @ disposableidentity

    No kidding. As far as I, and all my “graphics professional” friends and colleagues are concerned, the MacBook Pro is THE Mac. Few own iMacs, very few have Mac Pros, Mac minis are connected to HDTVs. It’s 15″ MBPs all the way. The 17″ is essentially a desktop machine.

    MacPros are too big, iMacs are glossy. The MBP is it.

    No optical drive would be a problem. Aside from not having it while I’m out and about or traveling, I really don’t want yet another external drive on my desk. Now I have 2 LaCie RAIDs, 2 desktop hard drives and a 2.5″ portable. And yes, I STILL need an optical drive.

    Light Peak? Bring it on! Although, we’ll need devices that support it first.

  8. There better damn well be an optical drive in the new MacBook Pros! Case in point: I just went to a concert the other night and bought 3 CD’s. I immediately used my MBP’s optical drive to import them into iTunes!

  9. @I Want It Now
    Maybe Apple will do a hybrid thing. 64GB or 128GB for your System and Applications and a standard 500GB± internal hard drive for storage. Although, that would be annoying to manage.

    Oh boy, it could be just like the Classic Mac Days when I had separate hard drive partitions for System, Applications and Documents. Keeping my iTunes Library on an external hard drive is bad enough, No Thanks.

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