KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has correctly predicted Apple product launches in the past, has made his Apple hardware predictions for 2013 this week, revealing that he believes Apple will stop selling non-Retina MacBook Pros later this year.
The analyst has said that the new Retina lineup for Apple’s MacBook Pro will signal the end of optical drives in Apple’s MacBook lineup. Apple has already omitted an optical drive from its current Retina MacBook Pros and the MacBook Air lineup, as well as the new iMacs.
Apple launched its 15in and 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display in 2012, at a starting price of £1,499. Kuo expects that Apple will reduce the price of the Retina MacBooks in order to sell more units, as the £999 non-Retina version will no longer be available to those looking for a cheaper option.
Kuo also thinks that the MacBook Air will get an update ahead of the launch of the all-Retina MacBook Pro lineup, with a minor internal spec boost.
Interestly, Kuo makes no mention of a new Mac Pro, which proved to be highly sought after in our poll of the most exciting future Apple products. Apple CEO Tim Cook promised that a new Mac Pro would be released in 2013 after Apple attracted criticism and concern following a very minor update to the computer in June 2012.
His other Apple hardware predictions for 2013 include an iPhone 6 with fingerprint sensor and a cheaper iPhone with six colours, both of which he expects to launch at a special event in June or July.
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