It’s a pretty safe bet Apple will soon announce a 15″ laptop with a thin wedge form factor, and powered by Intel’s forthcoming Ivy Bridge Core i CPUs, likely before mid-year. The operative conundrums for Apple laptop watchers and fans like me are 1.) whether this new 15-incher will be called a MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, or perhaps both; 2.) whether Apple will continue offering both a 13″ MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and 3.) whether they will they keep selling the late 2008 form factor 17″ MacBook Pro model for power-user professionals, or eventually transition the 17-incher to a thin, wedge, form factor as well.
The 15-incher has been the central focus of recent rumor speculation, with some dissonance over whether it will be an Air or a Pro. Will Apple just choose to scuttle the MacBook Pro category except for the big 17-incher?