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Analysts call new MacBook Pro, iMac at WWDC

updated 10:00 am EDT, Wed May 23, 2007

Analysts on MBP at WWDC

Apple is likely planning one or more updates to its Mac line that will coincide with its upcoming WWDC event in San Francisco, says a new report from PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster. The researcher expects at least the MacBook Pro to receive an update at the event, pointing to the unusually long wait for a replacement since the Core 2 Duo upgrade released last October.

"On average the pro-level laptops are updated every 182 days," Munster says. "And the current models were launched 209 days ago."

The analyst also established a more cautious prediction for the iMac. The possibility of a "redesigned" iMac also seeing its appearance at the event was also significant, he said, as the all-in-one desktop had both a shorter average interval between new models (168 days) as well as a considerably longer delay (257 days) for its new model. A thinner and restyled iMac has already been hinted as early as March of this year but hadn't received endorsement from secondary sources until today.

What may be absent from WWDC, however, is an iPhone launch. While the scheduled late June release of the Apple phone remains on track, according to Munster, the device may not see a formal announcement at the developer-oriented conference. A secondary release was more likely.

"We expect Apple to host a separate event to launch iPhone," the expert says.

Regardless of when the device ships, demand is expected to be high with "2-4 weeks" between orders and shipments from the Apple.com website alone. The analyst wouldn't predict the volume of sales through Apple retail stores or any of AT&T's online and retail presences.




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  1. jbruner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Doubt it...

    I think it'll be a week earlier. A MacBook Pro order placed on the 15th still hasn't shipped, if they make us wait until June 11th that'll be no good. Gotta be next week, you can't just not ship laptops for a month!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Huh?

    What does that title mean? That analysts will be showing up at WWDC saying "MacBook Pro! Here new MacBook Pro! Come on! Time for dinner!"?

  1. magicbumone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I agree

    I agree with jbruner that the Macbook Pro will come out at least a week before WWDC. But I do think the iMac with the new design will be announced at WWDC. Jobs will want to show that off to everyone.

  1. magicbumone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    free ipod

    Does anyone know if apple will be having the get a mac get a free ipod for students. Last year it started in June but I have not heard any rumors about it. Thanks

  1. aesculanus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    imac design?

    really, what more can you do? the thing is already a computer in a display. make it thinner and change the stand? that's about it. can't figure what people are expecting for this.

  1. Nabukaz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    new iMac

    I would rather Apple to invest on making more reliable than sexier. The temperature problem is a big one. I do not want to touch the keyboard when the get the 8 core processors on a laptop.

    Apple should aim to the direction of office to supply small server. What is a server if is not the Power PC with 8 cores.

    Today they are still in the fashion bisiness. They must go to serios choice for companies.

    Mario Ruiz

    Visit www.shoppingsun.net

  1. fritzw1957

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sub-Notebook plans?

    Will Apple be introducing the so-called sub-notebook in July at MacWorld? or at WWDC? Typically, the BIG announcements are at MacWorld and by then the iPhone should be rolling along out the doors at your local AT&T/Cingular store. Too bad I have a Verizon plan phone and it's not expiring till September of next year.

  1. afreemanmd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    deleted

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  1. afreemanmd

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    and...

    Any word on iSight equipped Cinema Displays? These seem long overdue.

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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