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

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

Summary: 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.

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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?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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

    I recently had an opportunity to purchase a maxed out barely touched 11 inch MBA with the 1.6GHz processor, 4GB or RAM and a 128GB SSD for 1150. If I didn't already have an aluminum Macbook that Macbook Air would have been MORE than sufficient to be my primary machine. The traditional Macbook Pros are slowly falling into Jobs' "trucks" category for all but the most intensive video and audio work.
    Playdrv4me
  • is giving me pause about the need for a MacBook Pro line

    I switched to MacBook Pro as I can run both Windows and Apple. Software still is the reason for the hardware and so I still have to use both! The lame spec's of the MacAir is plenty of proof to keep the Pro line (maybe not the regular line) I do many things but one is video editing (and like next week) will have to do it remotely on a laptop I need all the processor/RAM and HD I can get. for all my friend in the music business with there ProTools rigs I sure they also agree! Sure for school, and basic stuff I would for sure go to a Air (but it still need more space) 256GB is not enough!
    mattaaa8
  • RE: Dummy SKUs hit BestBuy with March 11 date, probably the MBP refresh

    Get rid of the HDD, juice the processor, add USB/Firewire/SD card/Ethernet audio/video ports and fill the rest of the volume with battery, and I'll be smiling hard.
    bgrh
  • RE: Dummy SKUs hit BestBuy with March 11 date, probably the MBP refresh

    I love my MacBook Air with it's weight factor and SSD. But I still keep it synchronized with my 4yr old 17"MBP for the heavy lifting (large deck editing on MS Office for Mac, actually easier and more efficient on LibreOffice, but compatibility with MS based customers still a problem) and particularly running Windows apps under Parallels may well bring the MBA to a stutter. But you can't beat it for road warrior friendliness!
    AJdeL
  • get those glasses checked

    If you read the actual screen shot, you'll see an in-stock date of 3/11, not 3/31!
    GDF
  • That's one HUGE laptop

    The screenshot also shows the item's dimensions: length 4.9 in, width 15.6 in, height 11.8 in, 5.34 pounds. If this is a laptop, it's almost 5 inches thick. Not exactly the size of a typical Apple laptop.
    sparhawks
    • RE: Dummy SKUs hit BestBuy with March 11 date, probably the MBP refresh

      @sparhawks

      Unless I am looking at it incorrectly it is referring to the packaging not the actual laptop
      teesnum
  • WOW!

    Not exciting.
    james347
  • RE: Dummy SKUs hit BestBuy with March 11 date, probably the MBP refresh

    After using a 17" MBP at 1920x1200 resolution for the past 3 years, it would be very difficult to step down to a smaller screen.
    snideb