Analyst Says Apple May Launch MacBook Hybrid Models This Year

Imagine a MacBook that combined the convenient portability of MacBook Air, together with the heavy-duty processing power of MacBook Pro. This could be a dream-come-true for MacBook lovers and a truly ideal machine. An analyst from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, is of the opinion that this is about to happen soon.

According to Kuo, ‘We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.’

Kuo goes on to speculate that Apple may entirely eliminate its 17-inch MacBook Pro to make space for the hybrid, would-be MacBook model. He tries to base this on the fact that the sales as well as supplies of MacBook Pro have been falling recently and this essentially that Apple is going to pull the plug on the model pretty soon.

During the first quarter of 2012, Apple is expected to sell some 1.5 million 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops. The 15-inch model of the line-up is expected to be up for a mere 500,000 units’ sales. The 17-inch model would do even more abysmal business, expected to sell only 50,000 units.

So, in light of this, Kuo believes that Apple has plans of launching a rather hybrid MacBook model which shall reinvigorate interest in the MacBook lineup. Does that seem plausible and can we expect from Apple to make such a move?

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

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