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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Updates Expected at WWDC

by Sean P. Aune | June 2, 2013June 2, 2013 8:02 am PDT


With just over a week remaining before Apple’s annual WWDC keynote, the speculation is beginning to run rampant as to what to expect in the way of announcements. Despite Tim Cook recently suggesting that Apple would have no new devices until the fall, that doesn’t rule out some little updates happening here and there.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook Pro models with Retina displays will receive a few minor updates, but he doesn’t list anything that will make it a must have upgrade if you’ve already picked one up.

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 Retina display.

As for the already svelte MacBook Air line, the only major change that Kuo lists is an update to the microphones.

We forecast that this year’s new MacBook Air model will also have dual built-in microphones as a result of positive feedback on this feature in Retina MacBook Pro, which delivers clear voice quality on Facetime and VoIP service.

Just because these are the only updates mentioned specifically by Kup, it doesn’t mean that will be it. Rumors began circulating as far back as last Dec. that the new laptop models will come with Intel’s new Haswell chips, and we believe that to still be true.

We should know on June 10 when Apple kicks off the WWDC with its annual keynote, so not too long to go.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...