Hartford, CT -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/12/2012 -- Amid all the rumors about the iPhone 5, which is to be launched today, there are some speculating that the company will also be announcing another addition to the recently launched Macbook Pro 15’’ Retina. Are these speculations unfounded?
Not really. There are many blogs that are quoting “trusted” sources who have confirmed that Apple will start shipping the 13’’ retina this quarter. Whether they announce it or not is a different matter altogether. It’s a lot more probable that they announce this—and perhaps a refresh of the iMac line—with the purported iPad Mini in October.
Talking of an iMac refresh, it is more than likely though there was no announcement pertaining to it at the WWDC. It’s been more than an year that the iMac was last upgraded. Apple might just sneak through the Macbook Pro 13’’ with the Retina display as well as refresh the iMac series. With the refresh, the iMac series will get more powerful hardware, for one, and some other incremental changes.
For the Macbook Pro 13’’ with Retina display, many blogs are reporting that the prices will start well below the $2199 that the current 15’’ Retina display commands. It is also along expected lines: as time progresses and as higher resolution displays become more mainstream, the prices will fall down.
It will be an interesting year and a half for the company: their entire computer hardware line is due a refresh and on the mobile and tablet front, the competition is gaining a lot of ground. Back in 2007, the iPhone was truly revolutionary. The competition has surely caught up now.
With the iPhone 5 launch, Apple will try and reconsolidate their position at the top of the table as far as mobile phones and tablets are concerned. Only time will decide how successful they are. For now though, we—and the competition—will be watching with interest how Apple plays the next year and a half. Interesting times ahead, for sure!
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