As experts predict, this year we can expect a major redesign and revamp for the MacBook Pro, but Apple has purchased Anobit – an Israeli company producing solid state hard drives – which suggests the company is moving towards in-house manufacturing and moving away from its dependency on other companies in the supply chain.
As All Voices reports, Apple Inc. bought Anobit Technologies Ltd. for about $390 million. The deal was secretly signed in January, in typical mysterious Apple style.
The company currently purchases its solid-state drives from Samsung and Toshiba, other reports suggest.
Solid state technology would be more than just a common upgrade for the Macbook Pro line. First of all, it’s faster, runs cooler, and can extend battery life.
Besides, solid state drives are a better fit with the new, ultra-thin Macbook Air type design that is now widely expected as part of the 2012 Macbook Pro redesign.
However, the new solid-state technology adopted by Apple will likely be used in the 2012 MacBook Pro upgrade.
Although no information about the next MacBook pro upgrade was revealed, it is expected to be redesigned significantly to exhibit a lighter and thinner exterior with Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 Ivy Bridge chipset. Steve Jobs’ vision for Apple was based on simplicity, writes The International Business Times.
Apple founder Steve Jobs believed that ultra-thin, portable computers would one day be the ultimate design in laptops.
In 2008, Mr Jobs proudly unveiled his new Macbook Air. At the MacWorld event, he said, “We asked ourselves what would happen if a Macbook and an iPad hooked up?” The result, as Jobs put it while holding up a Macbook Air, was the “future of notebooks.”
Turning back to Macbook Air news, it should be mentioned that research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has always provided Apple’s fans with accurate information, has recently revealed that Apple may be preparing to drop the 17-inch MacBook Pro from its lineup due to weak sales.
According to Mac Rumours, Kuo’s prediction comes as Apple is expected to introduce new notebooks that serve as a hybrid between the current MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, offering greater power than the Air but greater portability than the Pro.
Kuo believes that Apple will elect to drop the 17-inch size as part of this revamp in order to streamline the company’s product offerings.
“We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro,” the company said in a statement.
“While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17” MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy,” the statement reads.
As Kuo has estimated, Apple sold roughly 3.1 million notebooks for the first calendar quarter of 2012, with nearly half of them being the 13-inch MacBook Pro, far and away the company’s best-selling Mac product. Which is more the expert predicts much lower sales of roughly 500,000 15-inch models and only 50,000 17-inch models.
He believes that the MacBook Air won’t exceed the expectations, in large part because solid-state drives are not yet available in large enough capacities to satisfy consumers.
Nonetheless, the trend of abandoning optical and traditional hard disk drives from notebooks will continue, and solid-state drives will continue to become more cost competitive over time.