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Apple to Refresh Majority of Mac Lineup

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A list of purported part numbers has emerged, just a few days before Worldwide Developers Conference will take place. The list suggests that Apple is preparing to revamp the majority of its Mac lineup. A total of 27 parts are on the list with 14 of them looking like new Mac hardware. The rest, on the other hand, are listed as “standalone kits.”

No Ivy Bridge Chips for Updated Lineup Yet

In addition to build-to-order units, Apple has a total of 20 different Mac models. This includes MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. With 14 new Mac models to be on display at next week’s event, the company must have refreshed a large number of its devices at once.

However, none of the lineup has yet to be upgraded with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor. The chip’s ultra-low-voltage version for the MacBook Air debuted last week, while the processors that are meant for the MacBook Pro rolled out in late April.

Introducing an Ultrathin MacBook Pro

Previously, there were rumors that Apple was set to refresh its MacBook Pro product line by introducing a slimmer and lighter notebook. The company is expected to update the 15-inch units first, followed by the 13- and 17-inch models.

Adapting the traits of the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro will have an ultrathin enclosure; flash-memory-based, solid-states drives; instant-on capabilities; and extended battery life. It will no longer have an optical drive, which is what makes the thinner and lighter design possible. The new MacBook Pro is also expected to feature a high-definition display.

Refreshing the Mac Pro Lineup

Aside from the MacBook Pro, Apple is also rumored to be refreshing its Mac Pro product line. As AMOG reported last week, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple remarked that the company will release a new machine and that they are less likely to ax the said product.

The news came after professional video editor Lou Borella created a Facebook petition group called We Want a New Mac Pro. The goal of the group is to get the company to give an indication whether customers should wait for a new machine or come up with another plan. As what Borella stated:

“All they have to do is say four words: ‘Pro users, stay tuned.’ That’s all they would have to say and the 13,000+ people that are on the site right now would breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Apple still sees us.”

Other than the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro, MacBook Air and the iMac desktop is also set to receive an update. Apple is expected to unveil new products at the 2012 WWDC that will take place on June 11-15 at Moscone West in San Francisco, California.

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