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New MacBook Pro, MacBook Air with Intel "Haswell" processor
WWDC is typically a software-focused event. Though the software has to run on something, it's not likely that any substantial hardware-related products will be announced until later this year.
From Apple's Q2 earnings call, chief executive Tim Cook said that the company will launch new products during the third quarter, but hinted that most of the release cycle will in fact fall in 2014. This suggests the "next big thing" — whether it's an Apple branded television, or more likely a watch — will be on the cards for next year, with minor existing hardware iterations coming later this year.
According to KDI Securities analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, who has previously accurately predicted a number of hardware releases ahead of time, such hardware tweaks may include Intel-based next-generation "Haswell" processors in Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range. These will be upgrades to existing systems rather than any substantial design change.
New Mac Pro due soon; perhaps a WWDC debut?
Apple chief executive Tim Cook told one Mac Pro user that as it still considers its tower box-using customers as "really important" to Apple,
This email, verified by Macworld, was sent in June 2012. This was around the time of WWDC 2012 last year. Cook added he should not worry as, "we're working on something really great for later next year."
Sister site CNET reported in April that the new Mac Pro may be ready by April, but there was no such announcement. Perhaps Apple was waiting for the new Intel "Haswell" chips to be finalized? If so, a new Mac Pro tower box could be on the cards for WWDC 2013.
Unfortunately, European customers will not benefit as Apple opted to stop selling the tower boxes in the 27 member-state bloc in March after the European Union passed a new stringent electrical regulations law.
Apple TV updates in preparation for an ecosystem push?
Again, it's very unlikely that Apple will announce a television at WWDC.
The company could of course release a brand new Apple TV device to complement the opening up of its development platform for the set-top box. This allows developers to hook into the platform further so that once it reaches a healthy ecosystem of apps and services, it could then begin to cater for that audience.
The Wall Street Journal also suggested that an updated version of Apple TV could be on the cards to erase the distinction between live and on-demand television content.