The MacBook Pro may be on its way to Apple Stores with a major redesign for 2012, but even more changes could be seen in the near future. In addition to the MacBook Pro adding faster Ivy Bridge processors and shedding its optical drive,' vision for the future of laptops continues to evolve for Apple's best selling computer.
Apple has purchased Anobit, an Israeli company that makes solid state hard drives. The move suggests that Apple is heading toward converting their entire line of MacBook Pro's to in-house manufactured solid state hard drives.
The move seems to be in step with Apple's history of wanting complete control over how their MacBook Pro's are made. Having their own SSD manufacturing company would give Apple the power to do just that.
"Consumer electronics giant Apple has bought flash memory controller startup Anobit Technologies Ltd. for about $390 million," according to EE Times. The deal was quietly signed back in January, in typical mysterious Apple style.
Right now, Apple has to rely on Samsung and Toshiba to supply SSD's for their MacBook Pro upgrades, and MacBook Air models, which come standard with SSD's. But all that looks like it's about to change with Apple's purchase of Anobit.
Solid state technology is more than just an upgrade for the MacBook Pro line. It's faster, runs cooler, and can extend battery life. Moreover, solid state drives are a better fit with the new, ultra-thin MacBook Air type design that is now widely expected as part of the 2012 MacBook Pro redesign.
Apple founder Steve Jobs believed that ultra-thin, portable computers would one day be the ultimate design in laptops.
Back in 2008, Steve Jobs proudly unveiled his new MacBook Air. At the MacWorld event, he said, "We asked ourselves what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?" The result, as Jobs put it while holding up a MacBook Air, was the "future of notebooks."
What followed was a frenzy of Apple MacBook Air sales, and a line of PC makers trying to catch up to the Apple technology with new laptops they dubbed "Ultrabooks." Now, two years later, PC makers are calling 2012 the "Year of the Ultrabook."
The technology time lag for PC's behind Apple is a gap that may be closing, but may never truly merge. Hardware itself seems to be focusing down like a laser beam on smaller more powerful chipsets designed to be used in everything from smartphones to desktops. It's something like how all houses start with a foundation, no matter what the structure above looks like. However, the Apple integrated OS still remains unique. Unlike PC makers, Apple strives to seamlessly blend their iPhone, iPad, MacBook's and iMac's, into a simple user interface that reaches across a single operating platform.
Simplicity has always been the principal behind Apple design. So the 2012 MacBook Pro redesign is really just a glimpse of what is yet to come from the company Steve Jobs built. With the acquisition of Anobit for in-house SSD production, Apple seems to be following Jobs' vision of relentless ambition toward creating the ultimate computing machine.