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Is a 15in MacBook Air Coming?

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Apple MacBook Air

Rumours of a larger MacBook Air have been swirling around for quite a while now, and this week those rumours have been given more credence with reports coming out of Japan.

Website Macotakara is reporting that Apple is in the midst of working on a new 15in MacBook that will feature an ultra-slim design similar to the 11in and 13in models. However it remains unclear as to whether or not the new model will join the MacBook Air line-up or MacBook Pro range.

Apple recently refreshed its MacBook Pro line-up but it was limited to tweaks to the speed, video and storage capabilities. A more radical refresh had been rumoured as far back as July, but we’re now unlikely to see the slim 15in model until the new year.

Apple MacBook Air

Adding the new 15in model to the Air line-up would almost certainly mean losing the optical drive seen on all Pro models. With the MacBook range discontinued earlier this year, Apple seems to be moving towards integrating all its laptop offerings into a single line-up.

Do you think that a 15in MacBook Air is the way forward or will the necessary loss of features mean it just won’t be able to do what you want it to? Let us know in the comments.

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November 1, 2011, 6:08 pm

Although it's part of their grand plan to get everyone to use iTunes, no optimal drive = no sale.


November 1, 2011, 9:41 pm

I'd be first in line if this thing comes to fruition :-o

Bob Fraze

November 2, 2011, 12:53 pm

LOL I've been without an optical drive on my 2007 MBP for the last 3 years and haven't missed it - just like the G4 powerbook and ibook before it the apple drive didn't last - unlike the rest of the beast which is highly sturdy. This one is still the best computer I've owned. thought about upgrading this year, heard the rumour about a deeper refresh coming to the MBP line next year and decided to wait. Thunderbolt's IO with a new form factor should be worth it.

James Reckitt

November 2, 2011, 2:48 pm

To be entirely fair, optical drives are pretty much redundant nowadays.

I've got two DVD writers in my PC at the mo, and the last time I used either of them was when I did a system restore in March.

I think the extra clutter (and cost) of a thunderbolt (or USB) optical drive is worth it when you consider how visually appealing machines are without them.

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