Apple could update notebook lineup at WWDC, keep non-Retina MacBook Pro

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has come out with a revised roadmap for Apple's notebook lineup in 2013. Kuo, who has been correct in the past after predicting the discontinuation of the white MacBook, predicts that Apple will retain a non-Retina version of the MacBook Pro and may not introduce a Retina MacBook Air. This predication contradicts a previous claim that Apple may release a Retina version of the Air in Q3 2013, however, an updated MacBook Air is almost certainly on the cards, the only question is when. 

The current Retina MacBook Pro will see an update, possibly including Intel's new 'Haswell' CPUs. Previously, Apple notebooks have received the latest Intel chips before their competitors due to a deal between the two companies. The non-Retina Pro will remain as it's the "most popular product in the MacBook line," due to it's good price/features ratio. Kuo also claims there is "still demand in emerging markets" for optical drives as the Internet services are not as reliable. 

The updated versions of the non-Retina Pro could ship "very soon" after WWDC, possibly with OS X 10.9 which is rumoured to be a key part of this years' WWDC. Updated versions of the Retina Pro will ship "somewhat later" mainly due to "production bottleneck." As for the updated MacBook Air, it too could ship "very soon" after WWDC but Kuo is unsure as to whether Apple will produce a Retina version. According to MacRumors, "[the] cost, thickness, and production concerns will continue to keep Retina displays out of Apple's lowest-cost and thinnest notebook line for the time being." 

Source: MacRumors | Images via MacRumors

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Who is really shocked that Apple is keeping non-retina versions of the MBP? There is still a market for those who want to pay a lot but realize the screen is not worth the extra hundreds of $$.

Especially for folks who work a lot on external monitors. Even at home, I connect to an external monitor. Retina would be an expensive and underutilized feature for me.

No way I would ever buy a Mac book again they are nice but not worth the cost I have a 2012 Mbp and just got a dell for $350 that has the same 100% specs minus 500mhz on the CPU . For the cost of one Mac book I could have bought three maybe four dell laptops and be set for next 10 years. Apple really needs to get off the high horse.

I could argue that there is more value in a MBP than that cheap Dell even though the CPU and graphics adapter specs may be similar AND that if you were to spec out a similar business class DELL with the aluminum chassis and battery life to match the MBP you would find that they are actually both pretty close in price.... but I doubt I would convince you otherwise anyway.

Well, if you wait a while after they come out, resellers have them for cheaper, and while I was never very impressed by the plastic Macbooks, my MBP has been a complete tank.

I also will admit that when it comes to laptops, not dealing with drivers, or OEM trackpads or weird keyboard media buttons is worth quite a bit of money.

I still have my Core2Duo MBP, and I haven't seen a good reason to upgrade yet. It would be nice if they'd bump up the resolution in the base 13'' a bit.

threetonesun said,
I still have my Core2Duo MBP, and I haven't seen a good reason to upgrade yet. It would be nice if they'd bump up the resolution in the base 13'' a bit.

Way better and more efficient processors should be reason enough

threetonesun said,
I still have my Core2Duo MBP, and I haven't seen a good reason to upgrade yet. It would be nice if they'd bump up the resolution in the base 13'' a bit.

Don't really see why they would do that when they offer a 2560x1600 model for a few hundred more.

For what I use my laptop for, and for what a MBP costs, no, not really. I have a 3750k in my desktop, though, so I don't need the laptop for any CPU intensive things,

Point is, my MBP has enough memory for me and an SSD, so it would take something more than CPU bumps to make me want to replace it.

threetonesun said,
I still have my Core2Duo MBP, and I haven't seen a good reason to upgrade yet. It would be nice if they'd bump up the resolution in the base 13'' a bit.

I used one of those about a year ago and I can't understand how you don't see a reason to upgrade. I was coming from a first gen Core i7 Windows laptop and even then the performance difference was huge.

I still use my 2.0ghz C2D aluminum MacBook (the version before it was officially called a "pro") still... I use it for school and homework. It's nearly 5 years old now, on it's second battery, and still works just fine.

I've my 27" Core i7 iMac for everything else.

gonchuki said,

I used one of those about a year ago and I can't understand how you don't see a reason to upgrade. I was coming from a first gen Core i7 Windows laptop and even then the performance difference was huge.

I still have a first gen i7 920 with 12GB of ram and an 128GB SSD in my main desktop system and I also can't see any reason what so ever to upgrade.

Yeah, I know, it's a bit disappoing, the display was ok for the old Macbook, it's kind of a turd for a "Pro" line on a $1000 computer. Saying there's a retina model for a mere $500 more doesn't really fix that.

I too have a core2duo MBP (mid-2009) and I'm with you on not seeing compelling reasons to upgrade even after all these years. I suspect I'll probably upgrade because my current MBP just stops working or a new version of OS X will stop supporting my MBP.

When it comes to video editing, the i7 does things significantly faster than a Core 2 (obviously). For everything else, a Core 2 is generally sufficient.

68k said,
When it comes to video editing, the i7 does things significantly faster than a Core 2 (obviously). For everything else, a Core 2 is generally sufficient.

For sure. I've done a little video editing and converting and I could definitely see the benefit of having something faster. If I did video editing more than "a little" I would probably be more keen on upgrading. Even my gaming PC is still a Q6600 (Core2quad).