Apple to Introduce Third MacBook Line with Retina Display at WWDC?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today issued a new report outlining his belief that Apple's thinner, Retina-equipped Mac notebook will arrive next week as a new model, referring to the machine simply as a "MacBook". Kuo believes that this MacBook will be offered alongside upgraded versions of the existing 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, with Apple being reluctant to do away with the current 13-inch design in particular due to its massive popularity.
    Kuo also reiterates his earlier claims that Apple will discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro this year, citing estimates that the model makes up only 1% of Apple's notebook sales.

    The introduction of this new "MacBook" model would leave Apple with a lineup of six notebooks, although Kuo predicts that issues with display yield and heat dissipation will push the release of the 13-inch MacBook back until August, leaving only the 15-inch model to make its debut next week.


    Mention of an independent graphics chip on 13" MacBook Pro is an error - should be integrated graphics
    We should note that this configuration of models is not accounted for in our speculation on part numbers that leaked earlier this week, but we did receive an unconfirmed tip of a different configuration that would match up with Kuo's claims fairly closely. In that scenario, new iMacs are not accounted for in the list and the J30/J31 model numbers represent updated 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models while the D2 model represents this new Retina-equipped 15-inch MacBook.

    Kuo believes that Apple will wait until next year to re-simplify its notebook lines with Intel's Haswell platform, at which point the company will merge the MacBook Pro and this new MacBook model, leaving a set of four models: 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs and 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks.

    We do find Kuo's claims to be somewhat difficult to believe, as we fail to see how this new "MacBook" model is substantially different in performance from the MacBook Pro and thus do not see why users would be interested in a non-Retina MacBook Pro given the existence of this new MacBook line. Given the scenario outlined by Kuo, the only "advantage" of the thicker MacBook Pro would be an included optical drive, but users are finding such a feature to be increasingly unnecessary and easily replaceable by digital downloads such as through the Mac App Store, direct file transfers, and cloud-based storage, with an external optical drive available to be connected only on the rare occasions when necessary.

    Still, Kuo has offered accurate information on Apple's notebook plans in the past, being the first to outlined the MacBook Air redesign that included the new 11-inch model, and thus we feel that his claims are worth some consideration and discussion.

    Article Link: Apple to Introduce Third MacBook Line with Retina Display at WWDC?
  2. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
  3. macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2009
    Lund, Sweden
    If it has a retina display, I hope they man up and call it the EyeBook
  4. macrumors regular


    Sep 8, 2002
    Caput Mundi
  5. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2006
    Wouldn't it make more sense that the new ones would be the Pro machines and then the current 13" (and maybe the 15") MacBook Pro would just drop the Pro?
  7. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    I hope we dont see ANOTHER line up of MacBooks.

    I'd rather they consolidate it more.

    The difference between a MacBook and a MacBook Pro is now very minor. Just have a MacBook line that is the thickness of the Air, and then offer a wide range of performance options (e.g still have a 11" at 1.6ghz, but also have a 15" with an i7.

    It just seems to be silly to me to have such a wide range when they could just have a single lineup of laptops that are as thick as the air (or slightly thicker).
  8. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Really couldn't imagine this happening.... Doesn't really make a lot of sense.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2009
    A Library
    what he's describing is a bigger MacBook Air really. His comment about the same computing power as a pro makes me scratch me head. How could they cool such a computer in such a small form factor? I could be wrong, but that seems to be a rather large hurdle.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    Hence this part of the story: "Kuo believes that Apple will wait until next year to re-simplify its notebook lines with Intel's Haswell platform, at which point the company will merge the MacBook Pro and this new MacBook model, leaving a set of four models: 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs and 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks."
  11. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    That's stupid.

    If the new Macbook line is as powerful as the Pro line, WHY keep the Pro line? What advantage does the Pro offer? A CD drive? Not exactly tempting in today's day and age. I'd rather take thinner and retina over a stupid CD drive, especially since it looks like it will be priced cheaper than a pro.

    Just Axe the old Pro line and rebrand the new Pro line as this thinner/Retina one.
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    macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    Apple does a lot of things that don't make technical sense, but they do them anyways for marketing purposes.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Maybe it will be next year that they Merge happens. But why not simply have a 13" and 15" MacBook Pro with the retinal display, and all the goodies, (same price point) but w/o the optical drive. The only time I use my optical drive is to import CDs into iTunes (I use the AIFF setting for HQ) I can always use an external drive or another computer and then coy them over for those rare occasions. I would love a MacBook Pro to have the battery occupy the optical drive area.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Jan 6, 2004
    We know it's a lie because the 13 MBP is listed as having dedicated nVidia graphics. Apple would NEVER do that. right? :)
  15. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Make a separate line for Retina Displays? That would be stupid.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Doesn't Apple believe in keeping the number of choices low to avoid confusing the consumer?

    This would add MORE models, which is precisely what Steve Jobs taught Apple to not do...
  17. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    They're not gonna do that. Apple would become like Dell or HP-- having multiple laptop lines of the same size, each of which has multiple standard configurations, PLUS bto configurations.

    At some point the Macbook Air or Macbook Pro branding would go away, replaced by just "Macbook", maybe that's possible-- but that's just a branding change. The Air would remain the consumer laptop and the pro would remain, well, the pro laptop.
  18. macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
  19. macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    Nobody will buy the Air or the Pro if this "retina" notebook will come in August...
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Black Belt

    Jun 15, 2007
    Ridiculous. And if they drop the 17 I'd be pissed.
  21. macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    The Macbook, if true, would be aluminum right...not plastic??
  22. macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2010
    This can't be true...
    Thinner, MBP level processing power, and with Retina Display?????
    I can't see why people would want to buy MBP anymore, so why bother having a MBP line where the new "MacBook" is better?
  23. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Hm maybe the difference isnt just the Optical drive, but ethernet and firewire as well...
  24. macrumors member


    Apr 18, 2008
    St. Louis
    But I have a 17" MBP

    I guess that makes me part of the 1%?
  25. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Perhaps what he is calling "MacBooks" are simply configuration options for the MacBook Pro (i.e. low-end configurations to maintain a price point). If any line were to be renamed simply "MacBook," it would be the MacBook Air, not the MacBook Pro.
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