According to a report by Macotakara.jp obtained by 9to5mac, Apple has finished testing a 15-inch LCD screen which could feature in an upcoming ultra-thin laptop. Although the story says the new device is a MacBook Air, it is widely expected to be a thinner MacBook Pro.
In that case, the new MacBook Pro will ditch its optical drive, a trend which Apple seems keen to implement across its brand portfolio. Apple recently quietly unannounced upgrades to its MacBook Pro which included faster processors, improved performance and bigger hard drivers without a change in price.
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Other Apple speculation surrounds the next-generation iPad, expected to be unveiled in 2012. However according to a source close to CNET, the iPad 3's potential Retina display could cause problems for contract manufacturers due to the incredibly high volume Apple would require.
"It's not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them," the source said. "This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn't been done before."
Apple may have to settle for an interim resolution option of 1,600x1,200, however knowing the Cupertino-based company, only the very best will do.