New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air may debut at WWDC
Mingchi Kuo of KGI Securities expects a slimmer MacBook Pro with longer battery life based on Intel’s new Haswell processors.
|Apple sold out the WWDC in record time, which begins June 10 in San Francisco
With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
starting June 10, speculation is swirling as to what might be
introduced beyond significant, Jony Ive-inspired updates to the
company’s mobile and desktop operating systems. According to one of more
accurate analysts tracking Apple, Mingchi Kuo of KGI Securities, a
slimmer MacBook Pro based on Intel’s new Haswell processors and a
MacBook Air with improved microphones are expected to debut at
In a recent report, Kuo wrote:
We expect the new MacBook, featuring an upgrade to
Intel’s (US) Haswell processor, will be in the spotlight for Apple at
the upcoming WWDC from June 10. Along with the new processor, we expect
the following modifications to each product line:
Retina MacBook Pro to be slimmer slightly, along with a
camera upgrade. We expect the 13″ Retina MacBook Pro will have a
slightly slimmer form factor for increasing its portability. Also, we
think the camera spec will be upgraded from HD to full HD. This will
improve Facetime and video conference quality in the high resolution
Intel’s Haswell processor, officially known as the fourth-generation
Core i-series, debuted at Computex trade show in Taipei this week. Intel claims
that Haswell-based laptops potentially run 50 percent longer than those
using the previous generation processors. Haswell’s power savings would
allow for a slimmer design and increased battery life for power-hungry
Retina Macs, and potentially end the life of
MacBook Pro’s with a standard display.
In addition, Kuo said that the
MacBook Air would be updated with the same dual built-in microphone design as the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
With more people talking to their laptops, from a longer distance
compared to phones, more capable microphone technology is essential.