A little bird chirps, “chatted with someone (let’s call her A-san) from Apple South Asia/Singapore education sales. She mentioned casually that ‘they will do away with the 13-inchers (MacBook Pros) in the future’. ”
We all have heard the rumors about the redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pros, and bigwigs like John Siracusa have repeatedly mentioned on his shows (Hypercritical) that he thinks that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be removed from the line-up to simplify it, but this is the first time anyone heard something like this coming out from the mouth of a non-retail Apple employee in a relatively high position (locally at least).
The current 13-inch MacBook Pros are actually designed, and marketed as MacBooks when they first debuted in 2008, but the higher than 999USD starting price made Apple rethink its strategy and they eventually relaunched them as MacBook Pros instead. It definitely won’t be weird for them to return to a “11-inch and 13-inch = Airs, and 15-inch and 17-inch = Pros” lineup, one that they have been adopting ever since the Intel switch in 2006, before the Aluminum MacBooks become MacBook Pros in 2009.