Hit-and-miss tech site DigiTimes reported last week that Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks may be refreshed by June 2013. The Taiwanese site, which is known for its juicy, though often inaccurate rumors regarding Apple products, cited supply chain sources in stating that Apple has started issuing requests to its Asian partners to start manufacturing the next generation of MacBook notebooks.
Under the hood, the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro may come with newer, faster processors, but the design of both devices is expected to remain the same. Last year, Apple made the MacBook Pro slimmer, though not quite as slim as the MacBook Air, while also adding Retina Display technology; these new laptops are generally referred to as the MacBook Pro(s) with Retina Display. The MacBook Air, on the other hand, has had the same design since late 2010. As DigiTimes mainly specializes in industry-related scoop rather than rumored specifications and features, details on the latter were limited on the site’s report. The MacBook Pro refresh may likely be slightly upgraded internally, but another external revamp is not expected for June 2013. If we are to look at Apple’s release and update strategies, we can expect the new notebooks to be debuted at the next Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which incidentally takes place in June.
Regarding the pricing of the present-generation and next-generation notebooks, DigiTimes speculated on possible price cuts on present MacBook Air models some time before the next-gen versions are out. Overall, shipment of MacBooks may hit the 17 million mark in 2013.