While there are plenty of rumours floating around about what we can expect to see next in terms of actual hardware, there are some rumours we can almost take as fact right now.
It’s as sure as night follows day that Apple will launch a new range of MacBook notebooks to take advantage of Intel’s latest-generation Core series CPUs codenamed Haswell. It would be unthinkable for Apple not to use the chip, given it looks like providing significant battery improvements over previous-generation Ivy Bridge. It would be unthinkable for Apple to allow the Windows market a ‘free kick’ by not using Haswell.
With 802.11ac high-speed Wi-Fi networking now gathering pace in the market, this is another feature we’d be very surprised to see missing from the next generation MacBook. That said, Apple hasn’t always been at the forefront of mainstream high-speed peripheral technology, quite happily allowing USB3.0 to slide by as it concentrated on its faster Thunderbolt alternative.
Another rumour doing the rounds is the introduction of Retina displays to MacBook Air models. This is an interesting one as it will help declare Apple’s hand on where it wants notebook computing to go. If Apple wants to keep the MacBook Pro lineup chugging along, it’ll need to provide sufficient differentiation between the Air and Pro models to prevent one canabalising the other. Providing Retina displays in MacBook Air models removes a major barrier for people considering an Air over a Pro notebook. It’ll be interesting to see what Apple does here.
While there hasn’t been much said about the desktop line-up, we expect Apple to refresh its Mac lineup in the next few months to again take advantage of Intel’s Haswell CPUs. With Haswell offering more performance for less power, it’s ideally suited to all-in-one PC designs where power consumption is more critical than with standard ATX desktop builds.
In any case, with WWDC starting in the next 24 hours, we don’t have long to wait.
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