With a majority of Apple’s profit margins coming from products such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod and maybe an iWatch in the future, it’s easy to sometimes forget that the company is mainly a maker of traditional desktop and laptop computers. Well, rumor has it that the company is set to remind the world again of its first and best products, with a major refresh of the Macbook Pro (MBP) and Macbook Air (MBA) laptop lines.
A report from CPU World states that the company intends to add the new Retina Display screen to all of its MacBooks in the year 2013, and replace the current generation’s Ivy Bridge Intel processors with the upcoming Haswell processors from Intel. The report so far explicitly states that the MBA line will not receive any major cosmetic revisions, so it’ll look as sleek and blade-thin as ever. No word has been dropped on whether the MBP line will receive a major design overhaul or not.
So, to sum up the report, Apple is set to dazzle our eyes with a stunning new display on all their laptops, while adopting a new processor as well, and then proceed to release these laptops somewhere in June 2013.
But, hold on for just one-second, as there are a few nitpicks that need to be picked first. Chiefly among which is price. Will Apple reduce the price of their new Retina laptops? Or will the new line up mean an increase in the over all price of Apple’s laptops, which are famously expensive to start with.
Secondly, although everyone expects the new processor to be the Haswell, which features up to 10% faster processing speeds and double the GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) performance of the current generation, it has not been explicitly stated that Cupertino will use it, and there is a very, very slim chance the company may decide to use a custom made processor, like they do in the iPad and iPhone right now.
Thirdly, if our favorite fruit company decides to stick to non user serviceable RAM and HDD parts, won’t it mean the repair and replacement costs for Retina Display MBPs and MBAs will be astronomical? Or will the company add a higher amount of RAM and a larger HDDs to make up for the inability to upgrade the machines at home?
So, are you excited or apprehensive, about the possibility of a completely Retina Display enabled line up of Apple laptops? Feel free to air your thoughts in the comments section!