iMac 2012 Refresh, New 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Mountain Lion Battery Fix Due this Year
Most media attention in the tech scene has been focusing on Apple’s consumer electronics products, particularly with the rumors of the upcoming unveiling of the new iPhone. However, this isn’t the only thing that fans have been waiting for.
Going by the rumors, there are at least two new Macs that are due later this year, plus an update to Mac OS X Mountain Lion which aims to banish battery life issues in the recently-released operating system.
Supposedly, the iPhone 5’s launch could carry with it an announcement of the fabled 13-inch MacBook Pro with the high-resolution Retina Display. Benchmark results that were supposedly from this machine have popped up in GeekBench, showing that this laptop would have the same internal components as the 2012 non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro.
If Apple does come out with such a machine, plenty of people who want the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro but find it too large may jump at the opportunity.
The smaller chassis of the rumored 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro indicates that it will have less space for battery packs, which makes an expected update to Mountain Lion all the more necessary.
Testing by Ars Technica suggested that the new operating system caused a 38 percent decrease in battery life for the current 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Supposedly, OS X 10.8.1 – the first maintenance release for Mountain Lion – aims to sort out this problem.
Finally, AppleInsider claims that the much-awaited iMac and Mac Pro refreshes would – similar to Apple’s latest laptop designs – altogether skip the optical drive. Since the iMac uses hardware similar to Apple’s laptops, saving space in the tight confines of an all-in-one case is a no-brainer.
Moreover, this could point to an interesting new chassis for the Mac Pro, whose basic chassis design dates back to the Power Mac G5, which was first released in 2003.