Apple may be planning to refresh its line of
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display at WWDC in June, and retiring its Retina-less MacBook Pro, according to reports.
DigiTimes supply chain
sources claim that the company will refresh its laptop lineup at the end of the second quarter.
MacTrast notes that Intel’s new Haswell processors are expected to be ready sometime around this summer. That report notes that while Apple has recently updated the
MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro, “a Haswell refresh would reflect a more significant update to the MacBook line.”
Intel’s new Haswell platform is due in June. Intel has a requirement that Haswell-based ultrabooks should have touch screens so once Haswell becomes available, hybrid tablets
incorporating touch screens and keyboards, are likely to start hitting the market.
The news comes off the back of claims that Apple has seen weaker-than-expected sales of its 13in MacBook Pro.
Apple will only see “modest single-digit’ shipment growth for its notebook line up in 2013, according to a DigiTimes report.
“The device’s actual sales turn out to be weaker than expected, leaving the company still digesting its inventories in the first quarter,” writes DigiTimes.
The sources suggest that the MacBook Pro’s high price is pushing consumers away.
The release of the updated MacBook range should help to increase orders, notes DigiTimes.
However, earlier this year KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple is planning to
retire its non-Retina MacBook Pro in the third quarter of 2013, replacing it with a lower-priced all-Retina lineup.
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