Sources in Apple’s supply chain have revealed to an analyst with Sterne Agee that the company is planning to refresh the rest of its Mac lineup “in upcoming months.” Shaw Wu issued a note to investors yesterday that claimed all Mac products yet to be refreshed this year are “due for refreshes” soon. That includes Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini computers.
The last update to Apple’s MacBook – the company’s entry-level notebook – came in May 2010. Wu believes an update to this line is especially important as the MacBook currently counts for one-third of Apple’s notebook business, which itself equals 73% of all Mac sales.
The MacBook Air was only refreshed last October, but recent speculation claims Apple will soon swap the notebook’s ageing Core 2 Duo processor for the new Sandy Bridge chip.
The Mac Mini was last updated in June 2010 and the Mac Pro a month later in July. Wu believes the upcoming updates to Apple’s Mac computers will counterbalance “a very minor cannibalistic impact” the iPad 2 could potentially have on the Mac business. The touchscreen tablet has reportedly effected sales of most computers – especially netbooks – in some way since it hit the market.
The MacBook Pro lineup was updated back in February to introduce Intel’s newest Sandy Bridge processors, and the company’s Thunderbolt technology. The iMac family then followed with an update earlier this week to add the same features.