To say that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference was a bit of a let-down this year might be a little severe, but on the other hand we can’t deny it wasn’t quite as exciting as expected. And it wasn’t a case of the products on-show being anything but stunning, but rather the sad case of several products we were banking on not showing up at all.
The star of the show turned out to be the new range of MacBook Air laptops with Intel Haswell CPUs under the hood. As expected, the inclusion of these new chips didn’t have the biggest effect on the performance of the machines, but did have a quite astonishing effect on their respective battery lives. All in all, the new Air range is every bit as impressive as we’d hoped, but this still doesn’t answer the question as to what on Earth happened to the absent 2013 MacBook Pro?
Well, chances are Apple won’t be serving up any answer in the near future, but the good news is there’s always the rumor-mill to help fill in the blanks. There are plenty of theories as to when the new range might be coming and in what forms, but it’s only when we hear of thinks like Geekbench benchmark that we start to get really excited.
And that’s what this week brings – an apparent sighting of a 2013 MacBook Pro with Haswell-GT3 processor by at least one plucky party.
It’s hardly a smoking gun admittedly, but by reading between the lines we do get the impression that the MacBook Pro this year will be following in the same footsteps as the MacBook Air. It managed to hit a score of 12,497 on the Geekbench site – not a far cry from the official score the outgoing MacBook Pro achieved.
As such, it’s looking like all that Haswell goodness will once again be used in the name of battery life rather than raw power. It’s already been suggested that with enough tweaking, a MacBook Pro could potentially serve up more power, a Retina display panel and battery life that keeps the thing going for a full day.
Other than that, it’s all the usual hearsay until we hear the official details from Apple – watch this space for further updates over the course of the summer.