Apple Eyeing Retina MacBook Pro? - InformationWeek
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
02:15 PM
Connect Directly

Apple Eyeing Retina MacBook Pro?

Availability of new processors and sharper screens, price drops on existing Mac models, point to an upcoming Apple product line revision.

New iPad Teardown: Inside Apple's New Tablet
New iPad Teardown: Inside Apple's New Tablet
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference less than a month away, new Mac hardware is expected. Apple is believed to be finalizing an imminent update of its MacBook Pro laptop line, according to two Apple news websites.

One, 9-to-5-Mac, reports that "trusted sources in Apple's supply chain" claim that a new 15-inch MacBook Pro model with a Retina display, a new Intel Ivy Bridge series chip, and USB 3.0 support has entered production testing.

Apple made its high-resolution Retina Display the primary selling point of its third-generation iPad, launched earlier this year. A Retina Display on a MacBook Pro would certainly appeal to the graphics professionals and media creators who favor Apple's higher-end hardware.

Another Apple news site, MacRumors, reports finding references to an unreleased MacBook Pro model in data shared with Geek Bench, a computing performance benchmark testing service.

Apple does not comment on unannounced products, but it's widely believed that Apple had been waiting on the introduction of Intel's Ivy Bridge chips in late April to revise its hardware.

[ Read Apple iOS 6 Wishlist: 10 Features We Want. ]

A report published by Cult of Mac, another Apple news website, indicates that Best Buy has cut Mac prices. Computer retailers commonly do this to clear old inventory when new models are expected.

Apple's current MacBook Pro line, designated with the model identifier MacBookPro8, was introduced in February 2011 and then updated in October 2011. So a product update in the next month or two would be consistent with Apple's recent product release pattern.

The MacBook Pro revision is expected to do away with the internal optical drive, a move that would help accelerate the shift toward digital software distribution. As the owner of the highly successful iTunes Store, Apple stands benefit from this transition: more digital downloads mean more software sales fees for Apple.

Like the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro should support an optional external SuperDrive, since many users still need to be able to access DVDs and CDs on their computers.

Apple might also use its developer conference to launch a new Mac Pro model. Desktop workstations are increasingly regarded as dinosaurs in the mobile era: Most of Apple's sales in recent quarters have involved mobile iOS devices or portable OS X devices. The fact that Apple last updated its Mac Pro workstation in August 2010 has only heightened concern that the company has lost interest in the professional graphics market.

Cloud Connect is expanding to the Windy City. Join 1,200+ IT professionals at

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll