A new forecast from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is suggesting that lackluster sales of the 17 inch MacBook Pro are making Apple reconsider their offering of the device (via MacRumors). The analyst reporting from KGI Securities, says that the company will likely discontinue the MacBook Pro in the 17 inch configuration. The analyst also says that, early in Q3 of 2012, the company will be rolling out a brand new design of MacBook model that will have the best features of the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.
Apple has been rumored to be revamping the MacBook Pro line for some time and many reports have focused upon the idea that Apple will cease to produce two lines of MacBook and will instead aim to offer a unified MacBook line-up that will merge the best features of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. The thin, light and fast design of the MacBook Air has achieved significant sales since it was introduced in October 2010. However, the Pro level MacBook Pro also holds attraction for many people and as such, a new thinner design is eagerly awaited as the existing model has been around for almost four years.
Whatever the new line-up of MacBook is, it is rumored to introduce the new Hi-DPI screens with ultra high resolution, bring the Mac market into line with the Retina Display iOS devices currently being sold.
As ever, analyst reports are only as convincing as you want them to be.