MacBooks Refresh To Highlight WWDC, Non-Retina MacBook Pro Not Dead Yet?

MacRumors’ Eric Slivka cites KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has issued a new report forecasting that the product highlight of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off on June 10, will be introduction of new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models powered by Intel’s latest Haswell processors.

Your editor has been gloomily expecting the non-Retina MacBook Pro models to quietly fade away after the release of HAswell upgraded skinnier MacBooks, but the report says Mr. Kuo is reversing earlier predictions suggesting that 2013 would see Apple discontinue the non-Retina MacBook Pro lineup and shift consumers to the slimmer and more expensive Retina line introduced at last year’s WWDC, and now believes continued strength of non-Retina MacBook Pro sales, particularly of the super value 13-inch variants, have convinced Apple to continue producing the non-Retina lineup for the time being. Slivka notes that the 13” MacBook Pro continues to the most popular product in the MacBook line and therefore the most popular Mmc system overall – a status it has emjoyed for several years now, and especially meeting demand in emerging markets, where Internet penetration isn’t advanced, for optical disk drives.

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