Apple to Launch New 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display and USB 3

Mock-up: New ultra-thin, 15-inch MacBook Pro (left), current 15-inch MacBook Pro (right)

As we get closer to the launch of new MacBooks, we have slowly learned more details about what to expect in the new notebooks. This morning, Mark Gurman for 9to5Mac has shared some significant details about what to expect of Apple’s new MacBook Pro lineup in particular. Gurman, citing trusted sources in Apple’s supply chain, claims that Apple is currently working on a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, ultra-thin design, and super-fast USB 3 technology for release this summer.

Apple is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new 15-inch MacBook Pro that is the outcome of years of research and development in ultra-thin mobile computing and super-high-resolution displays. According to trusted sources in Apple’s supply chain, who have handled prototype components and casings for the new Apple notebook, the computer is currently undergoing test production rounds. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is coming this summer, and it features an ultra-thin design, a “jaw-dropping” Retina Display, and super-fast USB 3.

Gurman says that, in order to achieve an ultra-thin design, Apple has removed the optical drive from the MacBook Pro. Apple already took this approach with the MacBook Air and has slowly transitioned its software towards the Mac App Store on OS X. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is also said to have a power button directly on the keyboard, replacing the disc eject key. The rest of the MacBook Pro is said to have usual features.

The rest of the design is basically what we are all familiar with: charging and connection ports along the sides, and a spacious glass Multi-Touch trackpad (either same or similar in size to the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air trackpads based on the cutout present in the prototype unibodies).

The report does not provide a concrete launch date for Apple’s new MacBook Pros, but WWDC takes place this June 11th – 15th and it would certainly not be surprising if Apple takes this conference as an opportunity to debut its new notebook lineup. Tim Cook has already promised to blow our minds in 2012, and we think this could be one of their flagship releases.

[9to5Mac]

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