Many analysts have already proved that they are not worth mentioning here in MacMagazinebut Ming-Chi Kuo, from KGI Securities, is not one of them. With a good track record of success, Kuo is one of the few that is still worth following and paying attention to. Here are his predictions for WWDC 2013 related to MacBooks.
For MacBooks Pro Retina, beyond the basics – adoption of Intel’s new processor family, titled Haswell – Kuo believes that they will win FaceTime Full HD (1080p) cameras. For those who don’t know, the current cameras support a maximum HD resolution (720p).
For the 13-inch model, Kuo expects a small (almost imperceptible) reduction in the height of the machine, making it even more portable. Today, the 15-inch model is 1.8 cm tall, while the smaller brother is 1.9 cm tall. If Apple really touches this, it will probably leave you with the same 1.8 cm of the bigger model, since today, this seems to be the height limit for both the USB, Thunderbolt and other ports and for spearing a cable with the minimum of comfort.
As for MacBooks Air, no big news. Kuo only bet that they will win two microphones, as we have today in MacBooks Pro Retina. MacBooks Pro * non-Retina * will therefore not receive any improvement, remaining intact and forgotten by Apple since the focus is on the Pro (Retina) and Air models. Still, they would continue to be commercialized.
Although Kuo did not mention anything, we must not forget that compatibility with the new Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11ac should also paint on this new generation of Macs.
Still, things are not looking very good for the PC market as a whole and Apple will be no different. The analyst estimates sales of 12 million MacBooks in 2013, 1.6 million less than in 2012.