Thin MacBook Pro incoming: reports

Summary:Apple's next generation of MacBook Pros will be unveiled at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), according to a new report.

Apple's next generation of MacBook Pros will be unveiled at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), according to a new report.

MacBook Pro

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Adding to claims made by 9to5Mac overnight, Bloomberg now says that Apple will take the wraps off thinner Mac notebooks that feature Retina displays and Flash memory at its developer-centric show next month.

Citing multiple unnamed sources, Bloomberg says that the new MacBook Pros will be less than 0.95 inches thick and sport Intel's third-generation Core series chips, codenamed Ivy Bridge.

The report is the latest to suggest that Apple is on the verge of updating its Mac portable line with a thinner design. Overnight, 9to5Mac said Apple is "putting the finishing touches" on a revamped version of its 15-inch MacBook Pro, with a higher-resolution display and USB 3.0, all with the removal of the optical drive to shrink it down in size. Bloomberg's report makes no such mention of that feature disappearing.

Numerous rumours pointed to Apple unveiling new Mac notebook models last month, to coincide with the release of Intel's latest generation of chips. Apple's last refresh of the MacBook Pro was in October, however, when the company added a speedier processor, more storage and upgraded graphics capabilities. It's been a bit longer for the MacBook Air, which was refreshed in late July to coincide with the release of Apple's Lion OS X software update.

Besides shrinking the size, it makes sense that Apple would wait until its developers conference to take the wraps off a higher-resolution screen technology. Developers would likely need to update parts of their software to take advantage of the new option. In recent months, Apple has been outed updating some of its own apps and icons to make use of the hardware feature.

Bloomberg noted, via a source, that next month could bring a release date for Apple's next OS X release, dubbed Mountain Lion. Apple took the wraps off that OS in February, giving developers time to ready their apps ahead of its release, promised in "late summer" (winter in Australia).

Apple's WWDC kicks off on 11 June in San Francisco. Like last year, Apple has promised it will show developers "the future of iOS and OS X". The show is also rumoured to bring some changes to Apple's iCloud service.


Topics: Apple, Intel, Laptops, Mobility

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