MacBook Pro fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the new 2012 Apple laptop upgrades, and it appears that the rumors are now coming together into something that makes sense.
Apple is expected to unveil more than one version of the 2012 MacBook Pro at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday (June 11). Among them is a hybrid of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
The redesigned MacBook Pro would have the thinner, wedge shaped design of the MacBook Air, with no optical drive. But it would carry a more powerful Ivy Bridge processor.
But since the new laptop is actually neither a MacBook Pro nor MacBook Air, it represents an entirely new line of Apple laptops, that may simply be known as MacBooks.
“The details come from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI, who has been a reliable source of information on unannounced Apple products.” According to Apple Insider, “The details of an anticipated new notebook line from Apple, which he simply dubbed 'MacBook,' is expected to be unveiled at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference.”
The more angular MacBook Pro design that includes an optical drive, is also expected to get an Ivy Bridge refresh, and will continue in production for now. Keeping the current unibody design in the MacBook Pro lineup may be something of a marketing test to see how the best-selling 13 inch MacBook Pro holds up with direct Apple store competition from the 13-inch MacBook Air and new “MacBook.”
The real buzz is about the retina display that will likely show up on the new "MacBook," instead of a redesigned Macbook Pro, as previously suspected.
“Retina display technology debuted on the third generation iPad, which was released in March. A MacBook Pro with a retina display has the potential to confidently move the 2012 MacBook Pro to the head of the class, as far as laptops displays are concerned,” according to an earlier report.
Apple calls its retina technology, “The best display ever on a mobile device. Its deeper color saturation and enhanced resolution has ‘a million more’ pixels than an HDTV.”
A 13-inch MacBook Pro-MacBook Air hybrid, with a retina display and Ivy Bridge processor would be the first of its kind for Apple, or anyone else in the laptop or Ultrabook market. Until now, the retina display has been reserved for the iPad, but all that may be about to change with the new "MacBook."