Rumor: Apple to Launch Thinner 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display, USB 3.0

If you plan to buy a MacBook Pro then you may want to hold off buying one.

9to5Mac reports that according to their source, Apple plans to launch the new 15-inch MacBook Pro later this summer, which will include features such as ultra-thin design, stunning Retina Display, and super-fast USB 3.0.

While it has been rumored that MacBook Pro will borrow design cues from MacBook Air. 9to5Mac claims that it is very unlikely and instead, the new MacBook Pro will look like an ultra-thin Macbook Pro.

While many have speculated that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro will pickup the design from the late-2010/mid-2011 MacBook Air, sources familiar with the prototype units say that this is untrue. Instead, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is described as being an ultra-thin version of the current MacBook Pro. Basically, the prototype design is a thinner, yet more robust, version of the late-2008 design. It has no tapering like the MacBook Airs. This new design serves as an apparent solution to Apple’s hinge troubles with the cancelled ultra-thin 15-inch notebook for late 2010.

According to 9to5Mac, the new MacBook Pro will come with the following ports:

The current prototype unibody casings going through test production have spaces for a charging port, two USB ports, two audio in/out-sized ports, and the battery meter on the left side. The right side is said to have cutouts for two Thunderbolt-sized ports, an SD card slot, and another USB port. Notably, these prototype unibodies lack room for Ethernet (Apple sells adapters since the MacBook Air lacks an Ethernet port). We’re unsure about Firewire but that could also be gone.

This is not the first time we’re hearing rumors that Apple’x next generation MacBook will feature Retina Display. References in OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion have hinted that the new MacBooks Pro will come with Retina Displays.

Interestingly, 9to5Mac also reports that the new MacBooks will come with USB ports that support USB 3.0. It has been widely speculated that Apple will give USB 3.0 a skip with the introduction of Thunderbolt in MacBook Air last year.

It remains to be seen if Apple will unveil the new MacBook Pro at next month’s WorldWide Developer Conference.

How do you like these specifications? What do you think about a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display? And without an optical drive? Sound off in the comments below.