It is widely expected that Apple will be refreshing its MacBook lineup of notebooks in the near future, possibly creating a hybrid between the two models that has the portability of the Air and performance of the Pro. And alongside the refresh, Apple is expected to discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro due to lack of sales and as part of an effort to streamline its product offerings, predicts research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo for KGI Securities.
We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17” MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy.
Kuo predicts that Apple sold only 50,000 17-inch MacBook Pros in the first quarter of 2012, a sharp decrease from the nearly 1.5 million 13-inch models that Kuo estimates the company sold in the same time frame. Do you think that Apple should drop the 17-inch MacBook Pro from its lineup, or do you find the smaller displays to be adequate?