Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac first reported this morning that a forthcoming 15-inch MacBook Pro refresh would feature a new, thinner design (though not quite MacBook Air-thin), USB 3.0, and, most importantly, a “Retina” display. Bloomberg has since corroborated the news.
I’ve got nothing specifically on this, but it sounds about right to me. As I wrote back in November of last year:
Maybe it’s time to separate the Pro line by doing something like a super high resolution screen and maybe insane battery life (10+ hours).
Or maybe the 15-inch thin MacBook is meant to be a hybrid of a Pro and an Air. Maybe it has more ports, better battery life, and a higher price — but loses the optical drive. It’s dead anyway.
No word on the battery life, but that would be icing on the cake at this point. It’s all about that screen.
The 13-inch MacBook Air is the best computer I’ve ever owned. But a, say, 2880x1800 resolution MacBook Pro would probably be impossible to pass up. Especially if they got it under 5 pounds (the current 15-inch MacBook Pro is 5.6 pounds).