As the clock winds down to the keynote at the World Wide Developers’ Conference next week, AppleInsider has revealed a set of part numbers that indicate a wide-ranging update of Apple’s line of Mac computers.
Of the 27 new parts on the list, 14 appear to be the new computers, while the remaining 13 are described as “standalone kits.” Apple currently has 20 models of Mac hardware available to sale on its online store, spread across the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro lines.
The images show that these parts are intended for sale in Australia, and AppleInsider’s source says an appropriate number of units are due to be shipped down under in time for a WWDC launch.
Based on the tax details and likely prices of the individual units, Apple could unveil two models each of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac as well as three flavors of Mac Pro. Also possibly launching alongside these is an updated version of the AirPort Express or the AirPort Extreme wireless routers.
It seems to be the optimum time for Apple to update the vast majority of its Mac lineup. Intel has released Ivy Bridge-based server, desktop and mobile processors that could be used for the entire range of Mac hardware.
The leaked pictures dovetail nicely with an earlier rumor that the 13-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros will get passed over for an upgrade at the moment, and consumers will have to wait a while for these laptops’ much-rumored refresh with a slimmer body and high-resolution Retina displays.