With all the rumors about iPads and iPhones, it is easy to forget where Apple initially made their money… the Mac. According to AppleInsider, the next update to the Macbook Pros will have a considerable design refresh. The site cites sources “familiar with Apple’s product roadmap” that the Macbook Pros will be based on the Macbook Air. This means that all of company’s portable computers will use a thin, wedge-shaped, aluminum unibody frame. This also means that the next generation portables will not have optical drives and will use solid state drives. The new Macbook line will include Intel’s next generation processors codenamed Ivy Bridge as well.
If the rumor is to be believed, this means that all their Macbooks will either be called Airs or Pros. This will also eliminate one of the products, the 13” Macbook Pro as it will be replaced with the 13” Macbook Air.
This news also comes shortly after Apple announcing that the polycarbonate White Macbook – which (as of July 2011) is only sold in the education segment – has reached the “End of Life” status, according to Macrumors.