Anyone who knows Apple understands that consumers will pay a premium for its products, and now may be an ideal time to take advantage of some significant price drops given some interesting activity within the MacBook Pro line of laptops.
Recently, there have been a number of sales on several MacBook Pro models, both new and refurbished. New models have been readily available at retailers for over 10 percent off MSRP. The Apple Store has refurbished models that can net even bigger savings depending on the model.
Something is clearly going on in the market, but it is unclear exactly what at this point. Apple has historically been vague about its intentions with new products until it has made a formal announcement. But it is impossible to ignore all of the recent activity with respect to its famous line of laptop computers.
What does it all mean?
The 17″ MacBook Pro could be phased out of the next cycle of Apple laptops. How consumers would respond to that remains to be seen if it were to actually happen. With Apple clearly moving toward portability and mobility, it would not be a surprising move. It’s also worth noting that the most substantial price drops that have occurred in the past month have been on the 17″ model. Of note, the 13″ model has outsold the 17″ version by an astounding ratio of nearly 30 to 1.
The price drops seem to indicate that new Apple laptops are coming soon. Though it’s only speculation at this point, retailers may be preparing to clear their inventory to make room for newer models. Apple is very cryptic when it comes to new product releases, so the public shouldn’t expect any validation to rumors. Inevitably, however, an announcement will come at some point as to exactly what Apple devotees can expect from the next much-anticipated line of laptops.
Could the MacBook Pro disappear altogether? Again, this is purely speculation, but it stands to reason that Apple could move in this direction given its focus on iCloud technology and portability. The company seems to be moving in a direction that is abandoning the hard drive as we know it. Without the need for a drive with moving parts in the future, the MacBook Air would be the device that could carry the line of laptops into the next frontier for Apple and its laptops.
Michael C. Jones is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor in Technology and owns several Apple products, enjoying them often times too much. Follow Michael on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets