We’re fully expecting an overhauled design this year for Apple’s MacBook Pro range. While we’ve heard plenty of rumours of a slimmed down approach to the design of the company’s powerful laptops a new theory suggests that that may nay not nessecarily be the case.
Slash Gear are reporting that the MacBook Pro for 2012 will more-or-less retain the current generation’s dimensions, but reconfigure the machine’s internals significantly.
They envision a MacBook Pro without an optical disk drive and, rather than opting for an expensive SSD-only storage option, a combination of SSD and HDD storage in one machine. this would offer ample storage space for media files on the HDD, while offering fast OS and application boot times from the SSD.
This image, courtesy of SlashGear, shows what the new MacBook Pro’s internals could look like:
It’s not a bad shout in our opinion, and a method we’ve seen work very well in the recent Samsung Series 5 Ultra ultrabook. With SSDs still very expensive, the small SSD and large HDD combo would offer consumers the best of both worlds.
As for dropping the optical disk drive, that seems a decent guess too. Apple should their hand many years ago in this respect when dropping the disk drive from their MacBook Air models, and with the Mac App online store doing a roaring trade, and broadband connections constantly improving, it makes sense to see them save internal space in this way.