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Rumor: New Macs to Be Announced at WWDC

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Rumors point to a massive Mac update at WWDC next week.

This week might be all about E3 and Computex, but June is a busy, busy month for the tech and electronics industry. Next week Apple is holding its annual developers conference in San Francisco, better known as WWDC. Though the majority of the event focuses on software, Apple has been known to talk hardware at WWDC. From 2007 through to 2010, the company launched a new iPhone. This year it's expected Apple will wait until the fall to announce the iPhone 5. However, that doesn't mean 2012 will be a hardware-free WWDC.

9to5Mac reports that Apple is planning to update four of its five Mac lines at WWDC. This includes two configurations of 15-inch MacBook Pro, 11-inch and 13-inch Retina display MacBook Airs (two configurations of each), a new iMac, and possible upgrades to either the Mac mini or Mac Pro line.

As far as specs are concerned, 9to5 has also got a spec sheet for the MacBook Pro (via Weiphone forums). There's no indication or confirmation from Apple if this is genuine (no surprise there), but if it does turn out to be accurate, the new MacBook Pro will pack a Core i5-3210M CPU, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt.

WWDC is scheduled to kick off next week, from June 11 - June 15. Tune in next week to see if there really will be new Macs in stores this summer. 

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    fantasticles , June 5, 2012 9:41 PM
    ap3xThe spec above is probably the minimum spec available. You can get the I7, SSD, Higher end graphics, and everything else just as you could with most laptops out there.


    Sure, just costs you an arm, a leg, and a liver.
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    DroKing , June 5, 2012 9:19 PM
    Intel HD4000? Lol for the WIN!
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    ap3x , June 5, 2012 9:31 PM
    DroKingIntel HD4000? Lol for the WIN!


    Just in case you did not already know this but the MacBook Pro has 2 separate graphics processors that it switches between for power efficiency. The Intel is the low power graphics and uses shared Mem. When an application demands the MBP automatically switches to the ATI or Nvidia processor. The Intel is built in and the ATI or Nvidia uses the PCIe bus.

    If you want to run the faster processor 100% of the time all you have to do is disable automatic graphics switching in the energy saving section of the System Preferences.

    Secondly, before people start talking about the spec that is mentioned in this article being outdated or obsolete. Macbook Pro's processors, displays, graphics, disk, and memory are all configurable. The spec above is probably the minimum spec available. You can get the I7, SSD, Higher end graphics, and everything else just as you could with most laptops out there.
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    fantasticles , June 5, 2012 9:41 PM
    ap3xThe spec above is probably the minimum spec available. You can get the I7, SSD, Higher end graphics, and everything else just as you could with most laptops out there.


    Sure, just costs you an arm, a leg, and a liver.
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    ap3x , June 5, 2012 9:57 PM
    FantasticlesSure, just costs you an arm, a leg, and a liver.


    Not sure about that entirely. If you look at the laptop in it's entirety and compare it to others you will probably find that although there is a premium, that it is not nearly as steep as people make it out to be. Things like the switching between graphics processors for power efficiency gains, IPS displays and other stuff that does not show up in the spec sheet make a difference.

    I realize that most here prefer Windows based machines and there are some seriously nice ones out there especially from ASUS but the MBP is a solid machine and are very reliable. There is allot going on in the engineering of these things.
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    brizzelsprout , June 5, 2012 10:29 PM
    ap3xNot sure about that entirely. If you look at the laptop in it's entirety and compare it to others you will probably find that although there is a premium, that it is not nearly as steep as people make it out to be. Things like the switching between graphics processors for power efficiency gains, IPS displays and other stuff that does not show up in the spec sheet make a difference. I realize that most here prefer Windows based machines and there are some seriously nice ones out there especially from ASUS but the MBP is a solid machine and are very reliable. There is allot going on in the engineering of these things.


    Yay for someone with an actual informed opinion and not just blind fanboyness!

    Well said sir!
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    memadmax , June 5, 2012 10:39 PM
    I won't pay an arm a leg and a liver for something that will just sit there collecting dust.... oh, yea, I guess we would use the thing to "surf" the internet once in a while....

    This is what happened to macs that I have bought before... and, unless they open up the OS a bit(LOL!) it will continue to happen...
    No thanks.. I don't want an expensive electronic "art conversation piece" in my house....

    But it's Magical!
    I'm cereal!
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    molo9000 , June 5, 2012 10:47 PM
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    Rumor: New Macs to Be Announced at WWDC

    dun dun duuuuun


    Let's hope they finally remove the optical drive from the MacBook Pro line. Nobody uses that anymore.
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    11796pcs , June 5, 2012 10:56 PM
    I applaud ap3x's comments for going beyond the usual "Mac's suck" comments that are always found in Apple articles on this site. Still though, there is quite a price premium with Macs. For most people, the few hundred dollars that separate Macs from PCs is not a small chunk of change. And remember that once you buy a Mac you still have to pay for a proper OS (not OSX or Windows 8 basically) unless you're going to have your relatively powerful Apple hardware just do web browsing all day.
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    AidanJC , June 5, 2012 11:24 PM
    molo9000dun dun duuuuunLet's hope they finally remove the optical drive from the MacBook Pro line. Nobody uses that anymore.
    I use mine heaps, It would be a huge pain to lug around an external DVD drive too..
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    blazorthon , June 5, 2012 11:25 PM
    11796pcsI applaud ap3x's comments for going beyond the usual "Mac's suck" comments that are always found in Apple articles on this site. Still though, there is quite a price premium with Macs. For most people, the few hundred dollars that separate Macs from PCs is not a small chunk of change. And remember that once you buy a Mac you still have to pay for a proper OS (not OSX or Windows 8 basically) unless you're going to have your relatively powerful Apple hardware just do web browsing all day.


    Windows 8 is an excellent OS. If you dislike Metro, then install Classic Shell and now you have an OS that beats Windows 7 in pretty much every practical way. You might applaud ap3x for not being biased about Macs, but then you go on to be biased about Windows 8.
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    Vladislaus , June 6, 2012 12:10 AM
    ap3xJust in case you did not already know this but the MacBook Pro has 2 separate graphics processors that it switches between for power efficiency. The Intel is the low power graphics and uses shared Mem. When an application demands the MBP automatically switches to the ATI or Nvidia processor. The Intel is built in and the ATI or Nvidia uses the PCIe bus.If you want to run the faster processor 100% of the time all you have to do is disable automatic graphics switching in the energy saving section of the System Preferences.Secondly, before people start talking about the spec that is mentioned in this article being outdated or obsolete. Macbook Pro's processors, displays, graphics, disk, and memory are all configurable. The spec above is probably the minimum spec available. You can get the I7, SSD, Higher end graphics, and everything else just as you could with most laptops out there.

    Not all macbook pros have a dedicated GPU.
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    Vladislaus , June 6, 2012 12:16 AM
    ap3xThings like the switching between graphics processors for power efficiency gains

    A lot of non Apple laptops also choose the GPU according to their needs.
    ap3xIPS displays

    No macbook currently on sale uses a IPS displays. Every single one of them uses TN panels. The only brand that I know that sell laptops with IPS screens is lenovo.
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    Vladislaus , June 6, 2012 12:19 AM
    11796pcsI applaud ap3x's comments for going beyond the usual "Mac's suck" comments that are always found in Apple articles on this site. Still though, there is quite a price premium with Macs. For most people, the few hundred dollars that separate Macs from PCs is not a small chunk of change. And remember that once you buy a Mac you still have to pay for a proper OS (not OSX or Windows 8 basically) unless you're going to have your relatively powerful Apple hardware just do web browsing all day.

    Why would anyone need to pay for a OS license when they buy a Mac when it already comes with Mac OS? Or are you saying it's not a proper OS?
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    DRosencraft , June 6, 2012 12:32 AM
    The question about Macs' value comes from whether there is an appreciable benefit from the little stuff they charge a premium for. For me, Macs do mostly suck because they add a premium onto a lot of additional stuff that are not really useful. Added onto that the highly closed ecosystem even when it comes to basic hardware stuffs, I can't imagine paying for a laptop from Apple. I am currently looking to buy a new laptop in the next few months, and it will likely be an Acer.

    That said, my brother would really, really like to see a new Mac Pro. As a computer animator it's actually a savings if he can buy a new Mac Pro with nice specs rather than changing over all his software licenses from Mac to Windows.

    Hey, if you like Macs, you shouldn't feel a need for vindication about your choice (same as anyone who likes Win8 shouldn't worry too much about what anyone else says bad about it). But I will say that for the uses of the average Mac owner, they're paying much more for a computer than they really need to.
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    blazorthon , June 6, 2012 1:09 AM
    VladislausWhy would anyone need to pay for a OS license when they buy a Mac when it already comes with Mac OS? Or are you saying it's not a proper OS?


    For power users, Macs lack a huge amount of software support. Even Linux is often ahead of Macs when it comes to this, although Linux can take a little work to get some things working. The problem isn't that OSX isn't a proper OS; the problem is the lack of necessary software support. For this, Windows is almost a necessity in many situations, although Macs can be used for some professional work.
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    shin0bi272 , June 6, 2012 4:07 AM
    let the apple decline begin
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    jecastej , June 6, 2012 4:23 AM
    blazorthonFor power users, Macs lack a huge amount of software support. Even Linux is often ahead of Macs when it comes to this, although Linux can take a little work to get some things working. The problem isn't that OSX isn't a proper OS; the problem is the lack of necessary software support. For this, Windows is almost a necessity in many situations, although Macs can be used for some professional work.


    The professional software support comes from the engineers inside the company that produces a specific software, and they wont leave you out because you went with their Mac version. In my opinion you may be mixing "software support" as in "professional drivers development from Nvidia or AMD" with the support a software company like, lets say Autodesk, gives to their paying customers.

    But also a Mac Pro or a Mac Book Pro are not the ultimate professional machines, they may be very solid options on specific jobs where you don't either need the ultimate workstation. So, I think you are right if we consider the "ultimate" power user and not a power user.

    One clear limitation on pro Macs happens with professional GPUs. If you want a pro GPU on a Mac, basically there is only one option (a Quadro 4000) and it only supports very specific software, so you need to be aware of this.

    However I just tested Maya 2013 (the current version) with a desktop GPU inside a 2010 Mac Pro and it works very well. Actually the card is officially Certified by Autodesk with only 2 or 3 features described as "working with some limitations". That is not "huge", or the "lack of necessary support".

    But, if you need the ultimate 3D workstation with a Quadro 5000-6000 the Mac is not an option.

    In the end I hope Apple will release new Mac Pros next week.
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    blazorthon , June 6, 2012 4:43 AM
    jecastejThe professional software support comes from the engineers inside the company that produces a specific software, and they wont leave you out because you went with their Mac version. In my opinion you may be mixing "software support" as in "professional drivers development from Nvidia or AMD" with the support a software company like, lets say Autodesk, gives to their paying customers.But also a Mac Pro or a Mac Book Pro are not the ultimate professional machines, they may be very solid options on specific jobs where you don't either need the ultimate workstation. So, I think you are right if we consider the "ultimate" power user and not a power user.One clear limitation on pro Macs happens with professional GPUs. If you want a pro GPU on a Mac, basically there is only one option (a Quadro 4000) and it only supports very specific software, so you need to be aware of this.However I just tested Maya 2013 (the current version) with a desktop GPU inside a 2010 Mac Pro and it works very well. Actually the card is officially Certified by Autodesk with only 2 or 3 features described as "working with some limitations". That is not "huge", or the "lack of necessary support".But, if you need the ultimate 3D workstation with a Quadro 5000-6000 the Mac is not an option.In the end I hope Apple will release new Mac Pros next week.


    Actually, I meant that a lot of professional software can't be used on a Mac. Macs have some, but not nearly as much as Windows.
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    machvelocy , June 6, 2012 10:46 AM
    shin0bi272let the apple decline begin

    Nooooo... If that'll happen, stevie will reach even greater greatness
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    blazorthon , June 6, 2012 12:40 PM
    john_4I have been using computers and all sorts of OSs since Sinclair and DOS days and I must say, I love my Macbook Pro. OS X paired with the fine hardware is the best.


    Best? Well, I'll have to disagree. My Windows server 2008r2 x64 laptop is noticeably faster than my Macbook that has a higher performance CPU, faster and more RAM, and better graphics. The better software compatibility of Windows also leaves me with being able to do more on my Windows laptop, especially with how Windows has so much more freeware. I even got the Windows for free (legally) strait from microsoft.com by simply downloading the eval copy.

    Don't get me wrong, OSX is good, but (as subjective as this is), best seems to be overstating it.
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