Could also come with Ivy Bridge.
Apple suppliers have apparently started shipping components for a 15″ ultra-thin MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, according to DigiTimes. “The new MacBook is expected to appear as early as the second quarter of 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”
The recent update to the MacBook Pro line earlier this year still retained the same design which is becoming a bit dated now. The 2012 models are rumored to be a completely new design, with a very small 2.5″ HDD or SSD. The newer models are supposed to be very thin-profile laptops, something in-between the current MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. This means no optical drives, and the possibility of two hard drives.
A March 2012 launch suggests that the new MacBook Pros, if they’re even called that, will most probably contain the upcoming Intel Ivy Bridge processors which are supposed to come out at the same time. The Ivy Bridge CPUs are also slated to be released on the second generation ultrabooks by ASUS and Acer. For potential laptop buyers, Spring 2012 most certainly seems like an exciting time.