3766 2 Analyst Predicts Apple Will Drop 17 inch MacBook Pro

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that Apple will discontinue its current 17-inch MacBook Pro due to relatively weak sales, and to make room for a new MacBook model.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that Apple will discontinue its current 17-inch MacBook Pro due to relatively weak sales, and to make room for a new MacBook model.

3766 2 Analyst Predicts Apple Will Drop 17 inch MacBook Pro

The 17-inch MacBook Pro is Apple's largest notebook. Kuo predicts that the line has suffered a sharp decrease in sales, being usurped by the smaller and less expensive 13-inch model. As part of an effort to revamp their laptop offerings, Kuo says Apple is likely to drop the larger MacBook altogether. Kuo predicts that in the third quarter, Apple will release a sort of hybrid of the MacBook Pro, and the MacBook Air. In his own words,

"We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and superior portability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

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."

These predictions are similar to rumors that began earlier this year which said that, by the end of 2012, Apple would give the MacBooks Pros a complete makeover, adding to them characteristics of the much thinner MacBook Air. The rumors suggested a very thin and lightweight structure, along with other features.

The advantages of a new laptop that is simultaneously powerful and versatile are obvious. However, some may not find this decision very appealing. The 17-inch MacBook has the largest screen of Apple's notebooks. If it is dropped in favor of a smaller one to increase "carryability”, some fans may be very disappointed.

Shoppers who have wanted this model had better buy it soon, in case Kuo turns out to be right.

Source: PCMag