We’re a little less than six weeks away from WWDC, Apple’s annual conference for software developers. The company typically also announces hardware at the event, and according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this year’s WWDC will be all about the MacBook family.
He says Apple had plans to kill the non-retina MacBook Pro this year and “force” people to go with the higher end models, but that decision has now been reversed because the 13 inch MBP is allegedly the best selling Mac that Apple currently produces. That and optical drives are still considered essential in parts of the world where internet access is shaky at best.
And with regards to the MacBook Air, Kuo says all it’s going to get is Intel’s new Haswell chip. Apple would like to add retina displays to the Air lineup at some point, but said panels are still somewhat expensive. That and they consume a bit of power.
If you’re expecting Apple to introduce a new design language for their laptops this year, then forget about it. Not going to happen. Which is a shame, because there’s nothing more I’d like to see than a redesigned 13 inch Air with an edge to edge screen.