Apple's next MacBook Pros won't represent a major redesign, according to a Piper Jaffray analyst. Rumors are circulating furiously that Apple plans to update the laptops this week.
refreshed MacBook Pros won't represent a major redesign or feature upgrade,
predicts one analyst firm. That report comes as rumors of the new MacBook Pro's
release reach a crescendo.
refreshed models with faster processors; however, we do not expect a dramatic
redesign," Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, wrote in a co-authored
Feb. 22 report. "Historically, refreshed models drive a smaller upgrade cycle
than redesigned models."
On Feb. 20, the blog Apple Insider reported some Apple retailers
receiving a warning from the company not to open sealed pallet shipments due to
arrive sometime this week. Paraphrasing an unnamed person "familiar with the
matter," the blog added that Apple "is vocalizing its right to yank reseller
licenses from any dealer who tampers with the sealed shipments."
added to rampant speculation that a MacBook Pro refresh is indeed imminent. Engadget also reported Feb. 20
that Best Buy had
listed five new SKU tags for Apple laptops in its database, with availability
rumors, the next MacBook Pro could include Light Peak, a high-speed optical cable
technology developed by Intel that allows for the connection of multiple
devices, including peripherals such as displays and disk drives, at
high-bandwidth speeds starting at 10GB per second. Light Peak can support
multiple protocols over a single ultra-thin and flexible cable, eliminating the
need for different types of cables to plug into specific devices.
If the refreshed
MacBook Pro line arrives this week, it will join the slim MacBook Air as the
vanguards of Apple's latest device refresh-and perhaps compete with the latter
for customer dollars. "Apple has started to point customers toward the MacBook
Air in its retail stores," Munster added. "The MacBook Air now occupies the
most prime store real estate (front left table), which suggests sales are
also swirling around other refreshes to the Apple product family, most notably
the iPhone and the iPad. Sources speaking to The New York Times and The Wall
Street Journal last week offered conflicting accounts of whether the next
iPhone would be smaller in size, or roughly the same dimensions but cheaper in
price. As with its laptops, until Apple hosts an unveiling event or posts new
products on its Website, the conjecture will only continue to bubble over.