Apple’s MacBook Pro 2013 refresh has long been rumored to fall in October, but a fresh report backs this up, citing component manufacturers as preparing for a late-year refresh in an effort to attract sales for the company’s popular notebook line. This report comes right after Apple had ever-so-quietly refreshed the iMac all-in-one desktop line with upgraded features and specifications, while keeping the same design.
The report comes from hit-or-miss Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara, but in this case, the main source is actually United Daily News, which says component suppliers are preparing to deliver the necessary parts for a MacBook Pro 2013 refresh. Interestingly, the report hints at a “facelift” for the MacBook Pro, but it isn’t sure whether this pertains to enhanced specs or a revamped exterior design. Previous rumors had hinted at a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display with a slimmer design; well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had tipped that as a possibility, while adding other features such as a Full HD webcam built into the device. As usual, Intel Haswell processors are among the specs expected on the new MacBook Pros, thus providing extended, and potentially all-day battery life.
All told, the report adds to the chances of the MacBook Pro refresh taking place sometime in October, possibly in the same event as Apple’s new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 tablets.