Apple's 2012 MacBook Pro refresh is expected to be a major overhaul of the company's leading line of notebooks. Specifically, the new MacBook Pros are widely believed to adopt characteristics from the thin-and-light MacBook Air line, including reliance on solid-state storage and removal of the spinning disc drive.
The next-generation MacBook Pros will feature Intel's newest Ivy Bridge processors. Reports have suggested Apple's new notebooks could include Intel's Core i7-3820QM and Core i7-3720QM models featuring integrated HD 4000 graphics.
The launch of the new MacBook Pros is expected to be staggered, with the 15-inch models debuting first. In fact, availability of the 15-inch MacBook Pro has recently become constrained through third-party resellers, suggesting that a relaunch is imminent.
Reports have said that following the debut of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple will roll out a refreshed 13-inch model in June, while a new 17-inch model will launch later this year. However, one analyst has predicted that Apple will discontinue the 17-inch model, leaving only 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros.
An illustration of Apple's notebook lineup planned for the 2012 calendar year.