Like every Apple product, there are a plethora of rumours that are in circulation. As we approach the release date, or rumoured release date, or the product, the rumours seem to become more and more common. Some of these rumours contradict the others, but that’s just the nature of rumours. Only so many rumours can be accurate, and we can typically determine which rumours are more legitimate than others when we look into them. This latest rumour concerns the 2012 MacBook Pro, and it goes against one of the more widespread rumours that was in circulation.
As you might have already heard, there were rumours stating that the new 2012 MacBook Pro would resemble the MacBook Air, as the optical drive is likely to get the boot. Due to the App Store and other various download locations online, there is less and less of a need for an optical drive. Software, movies, and music can all be purchased online now, so there is very little need for an optical drive. We previously thought that the saved space from the lack of an optical drive would reduce the footprint of the MacBook Pro, but a new rumour brings forth a more likely possibility.
This new rumour states that instead of an optical drive, the MacBook Pro will feature a much larger battery, as well as an SSD to be used as a boot drive. These rumours are sure to please those who prefer performance over aesthetics, as a larger battery and an SSD boot drive could really change the game when it comes to the MacBook Pro.
The larger battery has a number of implications; it can simply result in a longer battery life. This is great for travellers, commuters, or simply anyone who doesn’t have their charger with them all the time. Another possibility, however, is that the increased battery life can be used to allow a denser amount of pixels in the display. This would obviously drain the battery life, but if the battery life is increased, there would possibly be no difference between the battery life of the current MacBook Pro and the 2012 MacBook Pro.
The SSD boot drive will most likely be featured since there will be empty space, and something has to fill that space. The speed at which the operating system boots would be greatly increased (the speed, not the time!) due to the SSD boot drive, meaning that if it currently takes one minute to boot your system, it could take less than 30 seconds to boot with a dedicated SSD boot drive.
So with all that being said, we are leaning away from the rumour of a smaller footprint, and are leaning more towards the rumour of a new battery and an SSD boot drive. Personally, we would rather see the increased battery since there have been countless occasions when we could have used a longer lasting battery life. But time will tell, and we will keep you up to date on this particular rumour.