Originally Posted by AlphaAnt
That's not proof enough for me, sorry. I'll believe it when I see it. And on that note, if I see it without a backlit Apple logo, I'll be very disappointed.
The ability to remove one entire long-side end of the bottom half of the clamshell also isn't doing it for me. If it doesn't line up just so, it will look hideous (more hideous than the fact that they're adding a visible seam to an otherwise perfect look).
I wouldn't take it as the truth, but I wouldn't dismiss it so easily or resist the possibility that this could be real either.
When the iPhone 3G back shell pictures were leaked, there were plenty of seemingly-sound arguments as to why they weren't real. The same went for the aluminum desktop keyboard. Ditto for the "fat" nano. And yet, we still got those three products, exactly as the advance photos suggested.
Anyway, just one straight seem might look better than the two rectangles for the battery & memory hatches on current designs. I'm pretty sure that the logo insert can be designed to disperse backlight evenly enough despite the apparent reductions.
Originally Posted by alolkoy
I can't tell anything from this lousy image. It seems a bit fishy to me. Apple does not make hardware design changes without a great reason. Samsung just started to mass produce it's 128 GB SSD drives at a cheap price. I have a feeling that any design changes with regards to the Macbook Pro with have to accomadate these drives.
Absolutely no changes should be needed to support SSD drives. I'm sure you can drop SATA SSD drives in current MacBooks and MacBook Pros, because the modules should fit the exact same profile. I don't think many have done it just because of the cost and capacity drawbacks. Over the next year, it may be a trickle, then gradually grow as more people can afford drives large enough for them to use.
I don't think Apple restricts design changes to only when absolutely necessary, although some updates are probably like that. I think they do it sometimes because they can.