Apple will unveil a 15-inch MacBook Air that will mostly replace the MacBook Pro, according to a vendor source at CU Exposed, a UK expo which had its spring event yesterday. Electricpig describes the vendor as a “premium Mac accessory maker,” and “a key player in MacBook docking solutions.” Few other claims about the new Air have been made, other than it should resemble other Airs in having ports on both sides but no Ethernet jack or optical drive.
The vendor is said to be convinced enough that a new Air model is coming that it has put its manufacturers on standby, ready to make and ship new products within 90 days. The source suggests that the 15-inch system could disrupt the MacBook Pro, which has traditionally been the only MacBook to have a 15-inch option. It’s speculated that Apple might at least hold on to the 17-inch Pro.
Apple introduced the MacBook Air in January 2008, and has rolled out numerous refreshes of the line since. Its most recent iteration landed in July 2011.
Asus teamed up with Intel last year to compete with Apple on the slimline laptop front, launching the UX21 and UX31 Zenbooks. Acer showed off what it claims is the world’s thinnest laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show with the unveiling of the Aspire S5.
Apple is yet to confirm its plans for the MacBook Air line in 2012.