Dummy SKUs hit BestBuy with March 11 date, probably the MBP refresh

The BestBuy inventory system shows a placeholder page for a "Class 140 MOBILE COMPUTING" device from Apple that shows and in stock date of "03-31-2011." It's probably the new MBP.

9 to 5 Mac posted a screenshot of the BestBuy inventory system showing a placeholder page for a "Class 140 MOBILE COMPUTING" device from Apple that shows and in stock date of "03-31-2011."

While only Apple knows for sure, it's presumed to be the MacBook Pro hardware refresh that people not wanting a MacBook Air have been waiting for. Specs, etc. are obviously unknown at this point but MacBook Pros are due for a refresh and 17-inch models of the current design are disappearing from inventory globally.

The New MBPs have been rumored to inherit design elements from the current MacBook Air, including its slim design and tapered "wedge" shape. There's a good possibility that Apple will drop rotating discs entirely from the new MacBook Pro by removing its optical drive and swapping out the pokey HDD for a faster SSD. This would mark the end of an era in notebook computer history, to be sure.

The combination of high-cap SSDs (up to 320GB) that are now available for the MacBook Air (more on them soon) and cheap USB externals (1TB is about to drop below $100) is giving me pause about the need for a MacBook Pro line these days.

What about you? What could you see in the MacBook Pro to justify the extra weight over the MBA?

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