More and more rumors are spreading about the products that the Cupertino based Apple will be introducing during the World Wide Developers Conference beginning June 10. Though nothing is crystal clear as yet, nonetheless there is hope that many a new products will be showcased during the event and as far as we know it includes new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air versions.
But the occasion is known more for software and operating system upgrades than hardware updates and so there is apprehension in the minds of people about hardware upgrades. Then there are people who suggest that Apple may even introduce a next generation iPhone 5S version during the event besides smaller tablet with retina display, iPad Mini 2. But to be true, this seems very far fetched as not just Apple, even its manufacturing partners or even top blogs that have successfully predicted Apple products in the past are keeping mum on the issue.
Nonetheless there are credible reports that Apple may actually showcase new MacBook Pro and MacBook air 2013 version during the Apple developers conference. MacBook Pro with Retina Display was billed as the best Mac ever, and the pundits nodded their heads in agreement. The MacBook Pro has been the laptop of choice for ‘serious’ professionals. The kind that does a lot of photo and video editing, the kind that do a lot of design work and like their laptops to be a fast and efficient beast. Every generation the Pro line brings in improvements, if in nothing else in weight and thickness but usually in much more than that.
Apple made the laptop a lot enticing and attractive besides a lot more powerful than its earlier avatar. Last year it added a retina display. Usually MacBook Pros shipped with a 1440x900p resolution displays, which was fine enough for most purposes. Well, apple took that and doubled it. The MacBook with Retina display shipped with 2880×1800 screen. An eye popping number which made for an eye popping screen. Apple did a couple of more things. It removed the optical drive, quite rightly I believe, because, who uses an optical drive anymore? It added a couple of thunderbolt ports and a couple of USB 3.0 ports. It also slimmed down the whole things a bit. It wasn’t quite in the MacBook Air territory yet, but it was getting there. The only downside was the nosebleed inducing price tag. Just the base model started with $2199. Add to this warranty costs, adapter or a more storage space (the base model comes with 256 GB flash memory) and the price starts to touch $3000 mark.
But if rumors are to be believed, this very fine and top quality product is going to be a lot more improved. Now, rumors have it, this beast of a machine is in for a upgrade. What more are they planning to put on it? The most prominent upgrade centers around support for NVIDIA Geforce GTX Titan graphics card, a premium graphics card which can support a resolution of 5,760-by-1,080-pixel across three screens. Along with this there would be improved drivers, and perhaps a new version of the OSX operating system. It is almost certain that should Apple choose to introduce a new MacBook Pro, it would come with the latest CPU from Intel, which means a Haswell chip. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a note to investors speculated that the new MacBook Pro might also feature an improved front facing camera capable of 1080p video and a slimmer profile.
Making it even more slim and consequently lighter will help the tech giant all the more enticing. If indeed the Pro should get slimmer, it would mean that Apple would be one step closer to the moment of truth, what exactly would be left to differentiate the MacBook Air line if the Pro starts to get just as slim? As noted before, this is all just rumors for the time being. We have to wait for the next week to know for which way Apple decided to go. All taken together this would still constitute a minor upgrade, which brings the Pro up to date with the latest CPU, gives it a better camera, better graphics card and a slimmer profile, but as of now, nothing ground breaking. So things are really looking very exciting for Apple fans.