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MacBook Pro Rumored with Thinner Design, Retina Display and USB 3.0

by Sean P. Aune | May 14, 2012May 14, 2012 8:00 am PDT

MacBook Pro rumor - 5-14-12

Rumors of a thinner MacBook Pro with a retina display are surfacing once again, and should they prove true, it’s looking like Apple has a lot up its sleeve.

9to5 Mac is reporting that proven sources in the Apple supply chain have talked with them about what changes we can expect in the next MacBook Pro.  While the rumors of the thinner design have been circulating for ages, the more recent talk that the flagship laptop would be receiving a Retina Display have shown up again.

It’s in the input and outputs where things get very interesting however.  As opposed to the standard left-sided ports and optical drive on the right, the ports will be moving to both sides and the optical drive, as many have speculated would happen, will be going “bye-bye.”  On the left you’ll find the MagSafe power connector, two USB 3.0 ports, and audio in/out jacks along with a battery level indicator. On the right side there will be a two Thunderbolt ports, a USB 3.0 port, an SD card slot and a Kensington lock slot.  Gone is the Ethernet port, which isn’t  a huge surprise as that is part of what limited how thin the laptop could be, and Apple already make a USB Ethernet dongle for its MacBook Airs.

The departure of the optical drive isn’t a huge surprise as Apple has made it obvious for some time now that it wanted to do away with discs.  If you absolutely need to use one, there is an external one that can be purchased, but with the App Store and USB drives, it definitely feels like that is a technology that is going away.

No release date has been announced as of yet for the new MacBook Pros, but with the Intel IvyBridge benchmarks showing up, it feels fairly safe to say we aren’t too far away from these hitting shelves.

[via 9to5 Mac]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...