Apple’s not expected to show much at WWDC that isn’t software. Tim Cook himself pretty much precluded seeing any major updates to Apple’s hardware line until fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that Apple won’t bump the specs of some existing Mac models, and it’s now expected by one of Apple’s more reliable activists that Cupertino will do just that, unveiling upgraded MacBooks across the line at the beginning of June.
The word comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who also made note earlier today that it looked increasingly unlikely that Apple would be able to update the iPad mini with a Retina display for a fall launch.
In addition, Kuo said that he expects all MacBooks to be updated to Intel’s next-gen Hawell processors, which will result in a performance bump of around 7-13%. Nothing to sneeze at, but nothing revolutionary. In addition, battery life should also be improved, but don’t expect infinite power capacity: while Haswell can theoretically power laptops that run all day without a charge, you need to make major performance sacrifices to achieve that sort of efficiency.
As for whether or not Apple will have any MacBook surprises up its sleeve at WWDC for us, probably not. Ming-Chi Kuo pooh-poohs the idea of a Retina MacBook Air debuting in June, saying Apple simply can’t make a MacBook Air with Retina Display at the right price and size. Yet. Maybe 2014?.