Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro looms

“Apple only sells one laptop with an optical disc drive and a spinning hard drive — and that laptop may not be long for this world,” Sean Hollister reports for CNET. “The 13-inch unibody MacBook Pro, originally introduced in 2008 and unchanged since 2012, is reportedly being pulled from Apple Store shelves.”

“The move would seem to suggest that Apple is clearing space for new laptops,” Hollister reports. “Even Apple’s newest MacBook Pros are overdue for a refresh; their Intel processors are now two years out of date. The new laptops are rumored to come with fingerprint sensors and an OLED touchstrip that can act as a set of additional colorful buttons.”

Full article here.

“Originally spotted in a report from Apple Insider, and verified by TNW, Apple is clearing its retail locations of the legacy (non-Retina) 13-inch MacBook Pro,” Bryan Clark reports for TNW. “After phoning half a dozen Apple stores in and near San Diego, TNW found that clerks reported no real news (from management) as to why they were clearing the stock from the sales floor, but that it had been happening for ‘about a week.'”

“That said, phasing out the legacy models makes sense, as — fingers crossed — we should see an entirely new line of MacBook’s this fall,” Clark reports. “Of course, now that the legacy model is dead, you’ll have to learn to live without that optical drive.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Boy, these new MBPs are going to be mighty tempting!


  1. I finally gave in and bought the missus a new rMBP last October. The spec were very similar to the machine I bought 3 years earlier when the first gen rMBP was released. Sure there were things like force touch mousepad but the general performance is the same.

  2. I’d be clearing my shelves of ANY computer with the name Macintosh on it that still runs on a hard drive these days. Even if I didn’t have a replacement in the wings.

    Hard drives are for unsuspecting Windows buyers of bottom of the line computers, or mass storage and backups. NOT startup drives.

      1. Although I must say when the rumors were coming out that Apple was going to do away with hard drives, I was horrified that it would mean I’d have to downgrade from my 750GB drive to a 512GB drive (and pay more for the downgrade!) if I wanted to get a new MBP. At the time, I argued here on MDN that storage space is king, and if you force a reduction in storage space, it’s a downgrade, no matter what format it’s in. I was in turn criticized for wanting to hold on to “legacy” hardware, and I should imagine the possibilities of a faster drive instead of complaining about losing a third of my storage.

        I’m so glad that my fears were allayed and they offered a 1TB option. Yes, the rMBPs are more expensive than the comparable non-rMBP, but at least I can get the storage space I need, have it internally, and use it. And maybe now that they’ve offered that option (larger HDs for those that need space, and SSDs for those that want performance) for long enough that people have had time to migrate over, maybe the costs of those SSDs will come down.

      1. You mean, Apple can’t promise anything. I reserve judgment on everything Apple designs and markets.

        Also, I am not a sycophantic fanboy whose pathetic and futile existence is reduced to living vicariously through Apple. In fact, your fanboy psyche is truly mental defect. It’s degrading.

  3. It doesn’t take much imagination or intelligence to believe that Apple would be expected to release new MacBooks every 2 to 4 years and cease support for legacy products 5 to 7 years post initial release. However, it is questionable if the new MacBooks will be incorporating cutting edge technologies or if Apple will merely provide users with incremental improvements.

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