MacBook Pro revving for full makeover this year: report

The flagship Apple laptop, the MacBook Pro, is set for an overhaul, according to one source. 

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    The MacBook Pro could soon be revamped.
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The look of the MacBook Pro, the flagship Apple laptop, hasn't changed much since its introduction in 2006, save some minor cosmetic alterations. But according to a new report in 9 to 5 Mac, Apple will soon release a "revamped" 15-inch MacBook Pro – "the outcome of years of research and development in ultra-thin mobile computing and super-high-resolution displays."

So what will make the 2012 MacBook Pro different from the 2011 model? Well, the power button is being incorporated into the keyboard – a design cue used on the current MacBook Air. Faster USB 3 ports are being added. So is a retina display. And the optical drive is going out the window, allowing Apple to streamline the shape of the Pro. "Basically, the prototype design is a thinner, yet more robust, version of the late-2008 design," 9 to 5 Mac reports.

Perhaps best of all, the 2012 MacBook Pro will get a "retina display" – the high-res screen currently used on the iPhone and the iPad. 9 to 5 Mac hasn't specified the exact resolution, and Apple is staying mum. (In fact, Apple hasn't said anything about its new line of laptops – 9 to 5 Mac sources its whole report to anonymous sources with knowledge of the Apple production calendar.) 

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Still, as Matt Burn of TechCrunch notes, "in order to fall into Apple’s own definition of a retina display – that is, a display that [has] the maximum amount of detail the human eye can perceive at a somewhat arbitrary distance – the resolution would have to be insane by today’s standard. For example it would have to exceed (possibly by a factor of two) the new iPad’s 9.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536." 

Aforementioned caveats apply. But this blogger buys the 9 to 5 allegations – Apple is a master of knowing exactly when to put a new coat of sheen on its top-selling machines. And the MacBook Pro is due for a make-over. 

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