Apple next week is expected to unveil an entirely new MacBook modelpositioned between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, available insizes of 13 and 15 inches with no disc drive. The details come from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI, who has been areliable source of information on unannounced Apple products. Heshared with AppleInsider on Friday the details of an anticipated new notebook line fromApple, which he simply dubbed “MacBook,” expected to be unveiled atnext week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Kuo said he believes the new MacBook will be priced starting at$1,199 for the basic 13-inch model. The purported notebook will nothave an optical disc drive, and it will be available with either asolid-state drive or a traditional hard-disk drive. Mobile Antenna Bracket
This new MacBook will reportedly be lighter and slimmer than theMacBook Pro, with equal computing power. He also said it willfeature a Retina display with a tapered-edge design, as well as alarger battery capacity. Apple is expected to unveil its new 15-inch MacBook, priced at$1,799 with a hard-disk drive, next week, and the device will go onsale soon after. Kuo said he doesn’t expect the new 13-inch $1,199MacBook to be available until August, as the smaller MacBook has”limited space for thermal dissipation,” and will also use a”lower-yield” Retina display than the 15-inch model. China DVB-T Car Antenna
Kuo also predicted on Friday that Apple could discontinue theMacBook Pro lineup entirely if the new MacBook series provespopular enough. He sees the Pro being gradually phased out, butremaining on shelves until 2013. But he does expect that both the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros willreceive upgrades next week, and will go on sale in June, presumablyincluding optical drives as are found on the current models. Inaddition, he expects Apple to sell new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airsin June, leaving only the new 13-inch MacBook to launch in August. Apple previously offered an entry-level white polycarbonatenotebook known simply as the “MacBook,” but that product wasdiscontinued last year. Telescopic Antenna Manufacturer
Kuo’s report suggests that Apple intends to resurrect the MacBookname with two new products in the 13- and 15-inch varieties. Earlier this week, AppleInsider revealed new part numbers that show Apple prepared to refresh a majority of its Mac lineupat WWDC next week. The part numbers suggest that Apple is planningto release at least 13 new Macs, including MacBooks, iMacs and MacPros. Earlier reports had suggested that Apple would update its 15-inchMacBook Pro first, before the 13- and 17 inch models were giventhinner designs and higher resolution displays. But if accurate,Friday’s latest report would indicate that Apple instead plans tounveil an entirely new 15-inch MacBook next week.