Yes, as mentioned in the (mouthful) title of this news, these are the latest rumours to the upcoming MacBook Pro that is expected to drop on us later this week. A lighter machine with larger trackpad and a dedicated SSD just to store and boot the Mac OS X?

Despite the rumour that the latest updated Apple MacBook Pro will be available later this week and the inclusion of the latest generation Sandy Bridge processors, not much is known about what other new features the new refreshed MacBook Pro would carry. But more details have been leaked from recent reports.

A larger trackpad in the new MacBook Pros? Well, that's certainly highly possible as that will allow Apple to develop more vivid gestures and flexibility for users.

The reports also claim that the new and updated laptops will offer a dedicated solid-state drive of 8 to 16 GB purely to house the Mac OS X system files. The result will be similar to those that we can see in today's MacBook Air: dramatically fast boot-up and performance. Additional storage for other applications and media files will be available in either traditional hard drives or with solid-drives upgrades.

The next bit of information doesn't quite make sense to us, but we have been told the OS on the laptops will be loaded to a separate (internal) 8-16GB SSD while everything else will remain on the regular hard drive. There will be options for just SSD drives but the base models will feature regular hard disks with the SSD combo for the OS.

The report ends off with the source indicating that Apple has apparently reduced half a pound off the weight of each of the MacBook Pro models. The new and improved MacBook Pros has been speculated for release this coming Thursday.

 Source: BGR