According to a report posted by MacRumors, stock for the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros is beginning to run low suggesting that Apple may be planning to not ship orders to suppliers in order to prepare an update to the product line, expected for the first half of 2011.
The 17” MacBook Pro generally appears to be in the shortest supply at the moment, with Amazon quoting a shipment window of 1-2 months for the base Core i5 model and several popular resellers connected through Amazon’s systems also showing low stocks of the 17” models. For its part, Apple continues to show “within 24-hour” availability of all MacBook Pro models in its online stores, suggesting that the company may be prioritizing remaining stock to serve its customers directly.
An update to the MacBook Pro family could integrate Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and internal Solid State Drives, not to mention a new thinner design to reduce weight and increase portability like Apple did with the MacBook Airs last year. It is unclear whether or not Apple will also implement USB 3.0 or Intel’s Light Peak, but what’s for sure is that we should be hearing news about the Pro line any day now.
Personally, a lighter and slightly thinner 15” MacBook Pro with built-in SSD and higher resolution screen would be my perfect machine.