Apple has refreshed the Mac on numerous occasions over the past few years, but a major redesign of the MacBook and iMac seems more and more likely as Apple continues to streamline its product lineup. As advancements in technology continue to occur, electronics makers have been able to create groundbreaking devices that are thinner, lighter, and faster than ever before. Essentially, it has reached a point where Apple can create notebooks that have both the powerful hardware of the MacBook Pro and portable design of the MacBook Air.
Apple set the standards high when it released its MacBook Air in early 2008, but its competitors have finally caught up over the ensuing years. And that is why I believe Apple will ultimately amalgamate the two devices — the Air and Pro — into one notebook that is powerful yet portable. Apple will simply call it “MacBook.”
My assumption is that Apple will still offer this new MacBook in different models that vary in screen size and specifications, but will slowly phase out usage of the “Air” and “Pro” monikers. Apple already changed the naming scheme of the iPad by dropping its numeric nomenclature, so it would make sense that the MacBook follows suit.
If you look at the rumors and speculation that has surfaced as we get closer to the release of new Macs, it appears reasonable to assume that Apple could release the new MacBook — alongside updated iMacs with anti-reflective glass — in early summer. It has been rumored that Intel will launch their new lineup of Ivy Bridge processors in the last week of April, which could time up nicely with the rumored production of new MacBooks taking place in May and June.
It has already been suggested that Apple is working on radically new MacBook Pros for 2012 that will allegedly ditch all “legacy” ports and focus on modern technology such as Thunderbolt I/O. Apple could use WWDC 2012, which is expected to take place in early June, as a platform for announcing its new MacBook and possibly other hardware.
After all, Apple has introduced a slew of products and services at WWDC, ranging from the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 to OS X Lion and iOS 5. Moreover, an overhaul to the Mac lineup in early summer would conveniently line up with the release of OS X Mountain Lion slated for late summer. What do you think the future of the MacBook entails?