MacBook Pros are running out of stock again and that usually means that Apple’s cooking up a new model that should be hitting shelves soon. The most popular rumors thus far claim the new laptops will run Intel’s top of the line Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors and will ditch the hard drive in favor of a solid-state drive. If they do in fact see the light of day, these two should have these machines computing almost instantaneously.
Also expect a radical overhaul, as Apple will likely remove the FireWire and Ethernet ports (in favor of more Thunderbolt and USB ports) and the optical drive. Their absence will probably affect only your grandparents who still rip CDs and get connected to the web with a wire, because all of this technology has been more or less antique for a couple years now. And lastly, more on the long shot end, there have been talks about turning the entire surface of the MacBook into a multi-touch trackpad. This could potentially be very nifty and help begin transitioning the iPad experience to the laptops.