A lot of Apple news comes to our attention constantly and is probably one of the biggest companies talked about on the web meaning that sometimes it can be hard to choose what we should talk about and what we shouldn’t. But a recent study from the Research Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, stating that Apple may be discontinuing it’s 17 inch MacBook Pro model due to weak sales was just too hard to pass up.

The prediction which links with other rumors that Apple will be updating their MacBook Pro range very soon, within his report Kuo shown estimations of Apple’s sales for the first quarter of 2012 which backs up his predictions, within his estimations he stated that Apple have so far sold around 3.1 million notebooks, 1.5 million of them being the current 13 inch Macbook Pro, the other 500,000 is for the 15 inch models and finally the 17 inch MacBook Pro is trailing behind with 50,000 models sold:

Apple’s Mac business in 2012 will be boosted by several factors. Three of which are: (1) Mountain Lion, which integrates iOS features with Mac OS, Apple TV’s interaction function, will be launched in June; (2) upgrading to Ivy Bridge; and (3) back-to-school demand. We forecast Apple will sell 5.32mn units of the Mac series (up 28.5% QoQ and 35.2% YoY) in 2Q12, making it the main growth driver.

We also predict Apple will roll out a fully new MacBook model in early 2013, boasting strong performance and easy   by combining the advantages of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

While adding new products, Apple is likely to stop making the 17” MacBook Pro this year due to falling shipments, in order to maintain a lean product line strategy.

What do you think? Is Kuo’s prediction correct? Will We soon see the 17″ MacBook Pro discontinued? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Via [MacRumors]

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