Apple to Update MacBooks at WWDC: Rumor
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- On last week's earnings call, Apple
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is as tied in with the Apple supply chain as anyone, says Apple may update its MacBook computers at its Worldwide Developer Conference event in June. Kuo previously didn't expect a refresh at the event, and given Cook's comments on the earnings call it didn't seem like Apple would be offering anything new until the September/October timeframe.
Yet in the research note, Kuo said the new MacBooks will get Intel's
Shares of Apple were higher in pre-market Monday trading, up 0.6% to $419.71.
There's no word yet whether the MacBook Air will get Retina Display, something Apple fans and customers have been waiting for for sometime. The MacBook Pro currently features Retina Display, known for its sharper screen images, but the lower-end MacBook Air doesn't currently offer this feature yet.
Apple sold just under 4 million Macs, a 2% decline from the year-ago quarter. The PC market is declining sharply, as research firm IDC noted in its latest report. Tablets, such as the iPad, iPad mini, and tablets running Googe's
Apple was able to significantly outperform the PC market, which experienced a 13.9% decline year-over-year, but a decline is still a decline. Any refresh to the Mac computing line would be seen as a sign that Apple is trying to reverse that trend, though consumers and enterprises are increasingly turning to tablets for their needs, and that trend doesn't look to stop anytime soon.