Apple MacBook Pro 17″ may be Discontinued

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According to MacRumous now might be the best time to purchase a 17in MacBook Pro as it looks like it may be discontinued due to weak sales. Ming Chi Kuo who works as an analyst for KGI Securities has claimed that Apple is looking to discontinue their largest notebook.
This drop of the largest of the family is down to an attempt by Apple to streamline the laptop offerings. It is expected that Apple may introduce a new set of notebooks in the coming months  that offer MacBook Air aesthetics and MacBook Pro like power.
The new models are expected to roll out in the third quarter of 2012 and according to MacRumors. “Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 3Q12, boasting strong performance and easy carryability by combining the advantages of MacBook Airand MacBook Pro. While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17-inch MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy.”
Rumours about a complete change about of the MacBook Pro range have been in the pipeline for a while now. Rumours have continuingly suggested ultra thin MacBook Air like machines, with light weight structure, instant-on and longer battery life.
Kuo also suggest that Apple Macs business this quarter will increase due to the emergence of the Ivy Bridge machines and back to school. Predictions suggest over 5m units will be sold this quarter a rise of 28.5% on last quarter.