WWDC 2012 is shaping up to become “the biggest simultaneous launch of new Macs in Apple’s history,” according to people who are familiar with the company’s plans for this year’s developer-centric conference.
Sources close to 9to5mac
are churning up tidbit after tidbit with six days left until the WWDC kickoff.
This time around, they’re hearing
that “Apple will release two configurations of the redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro [...]; two new configurations of both MacBook Air screen sizes [and] a refresh to the iMac line.”
That’s not all. Apple is said to be renovating the fourth pillar of its Macintosh business, which includes the less joyful, but equally important (for businesses) Mac mini and Mac Pro lines. That’s right petitioners
, there’s still a chance Apple hasn’t phased out its workstations just yet. Nothing confirmed, as usual.
The same sources also said Apple will use the WWDC opening keynote “to debut some new accessories,” which “may” include everything from protective cases and cables, “all the way to refreshed keyboards, mice, trackpads, AirPorts, or something else altogether.” Not a done deal, but when there’s smoke, there’s fire.
It is highly uncommon for Apple to refresh its entire range of Macintosh computers in one shot. And while this may mark the beginning of an annual refresh cycle, it’s also just as possible that this is a one-time affair caused by the rumored Retina-display upgrade.
Apple wouldn't be doing itself a favor by upgrading just one Macintosh line to the ultra-crisp spec, leaving the rest of the Mac family in a pixelated haze.
Don’t get too anxious about today’s Apple Store outage
either. All you can hope for is accessories, or just another third-party product making its way into the Apple online store. All the exciting stuff is going down at WWDC, as is tradition.