“The tech media is assuming there will be no hardware announcements [at WWDC 2016 on June 13th],” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “The reason? Well, because the WWDC is rarely the venue for a new Mac, although it happens sometimes. The Late 2013 Mac Pro made its debut at a WWDC keynote, although it didn’t actually ship until the end of that year. Other Macs have been announced, but you shouldn’t expect a new iPhone, Apple TV or even an Apple Watch.”
“This year, Mac updates are, so far, limited to only one model, the MacBook. Some of the speculation is that major upgrades remain in the pipeline. But Apple would want to get into the back-to-school action, so pushing new Macs into the channel would have to occur in the next few weeks,” Steinberg writes. “With a WWDC imminent, it’s very possible there will be announcements about the next MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Just introducing them with a simple press release a week or two later wouldn’t hardly have as much impact.”
“The future of the Mac Pro is again uncertain, just three years after the small, lightweight cylindrical box was introduced,” Steinberg writes. “Some suggest the Mac Pro is doomed, that you are expected to do all your math and 3D rendering on a top-of-the-line 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display. But I don’t see why Apple would discontinue the Mac Pro. It wouldn’t cost all that much to swap out the guts with up-to-date hardware. It doesn’t even have to change physically other than expected connection port updates that include Thunderbolt 3. I suppose Apple could also add a couple of USB-C ports.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We’re hearing that there will be hardware, more than usual, at this year’s WWDC.
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