With five days to go until Apple’s inaugural keynote during WWDC 2012, rumours of a massive revamp of the apple’s laptop and desktop range are so insistent that we’ve decided to make “the exception of the week” and immediately give you the latest news by previewing our new Sunday section.
As you can see in the image below, Apple’s inventory system seems to have shown for a while a whopping 28 new product codes with their prices and all, which the guys at 9to5Mac have kindly completed with the models that will most likely match.
Guided by the prices (taking into account that they are reflected in Australian dollars) and assuming that the codes are correct and no more are missing, we find a reduction of the range MacBook Pro to only two base models, probably 15 and 17 inches. This would mean the disappearance of the 13-inch model in favour of the MacBook Air and its four models (two 11-inch and two 13-inch) which would see the price of all its models except the most basic one reduced by $100.
The iMac would also upgrade its four base models of 21.5 and 27 inches, registering a slight reduction in the former and an increase in the latter, especially in the more powerful model, which would increase by $200 over the current price.
Finally, the Mac Pro would finally be renewed after the longest period in its history without changes (685 days, a figure that Apple has no reason to be proud of no matter what new features are introduced now) with three models with a pricing scheme similar to the current one that probably implies the disappearance of the normal Quad-Core model (keeping the Server version) and a remarkable reduction in the 8 and 12-core models by lowering each one a step in price.
As for the rest of the codes, we have a new AirPort Express base station and various accessories among which the people of 9to5Mac dare to glimpse a new optical SuperDrive and a USB to Ethernet adapter presumably (although at this point it’s all gibberish) USB 3.0, one of the expected novelties of the new equipment along with the rumored Retina screens.