There has been a huge buzz about the upcoming energy efficient, Haswell chipset from Intel. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities who as had a reliable track-record in predicting Apple releases says says that the Cupertino company will be showcasing their new line of MacBook Pro models in the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) , which is to happen in June. He says that these notebooks will be powered by Intel's next-generation processors.
Kuo previously predicted that Apple would be moving into all-Retina product line up, but now he thinks that optical drive-toting MacBook Pro along with advanced MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air models will be introduced at the WWDC.
"There is still demand in emerging markets, where Internet penetration isn't advanced, for optical disk drives," he said.
Kuo says introduction of Intel's Haswell processor will be a huge stride for the MacBook lineup in terms of consumer market. The company currently uses Ivy Bridge architecture. Intel have announced that the next-generation chipsets will be unveiled on June 3.
Kuo believes MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will begin shipping by the end of Q2, while the MacBook Pro with Retina display will be released later.
Well, WWDC 2013 is scheduled to happen on June 10 at Moscone West in San Francisco. It will be interesting to see whether the predictions come true or not.