As Apple rumors continue unabated with the iPad launch scheduled this week, so are rumors regarding other products from the Cupertino, CA tech innovator. This time, the scoop is pertaining to a 15-inch version of the MacBook Air, a possibility previously explored in the last quarter of 2011.
According to tech blog ElectricPig, an anonymous retailer is claiming that the 15-inch MacBook Air may be available as early as April 2012. This would make it the largest-available Air in the market, as the device currently comes in 11-inch and 13-inch variants.
The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, also measures 15 inches, and in relation to this, there is a possibility Apple is planning to eventually phase out the MacBook Pro line, with the possible exception of the 17-inch model.
This might indeed be a good idea for Apple, as ElectricPig’s mystery source is speculating Apple might be focusing more on the cloud. Compared to the Pro, the MacBook Air is considered to be a better device for cloud computing, so if Apple can make a killing with this new version of the Air, there’s a good chance this could render most MacBook Pros superfluous.
Regarding the 15-inch Air’s possible features, the source mentioned it may have ports on both sides, but neither Ethernet capabilities nor optical drive. Apart from that, no other features were mentioned by ElectricPig, so it would certainly be better to wait for more updates as we draw closer to the rumored launch date.