Japanese website EMSOne [Google translation] (via Mac Otakara) summarizes a report from Taiwan's Want Daily claiming that Apple will launch the next-generation MacBook Pro with Intel’s latest Haswell processors in September of this year. The original report, which cites Taiwanese-based supply chain sources, does not appear to be available online, but the brief summary from EMSOne indicates that shipments from suppliers are planned to begin later this month.

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It is unclear whether both Retina and non-Retina MacBook Pro models will be updated in this round, as Apple has been rumored to be phasing out the non-Retina models.

Prior to this news, additional recent reports have suggested that the Haswell MacBook Pro would arrive in the fall after they did not make an appearance at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo originally predicted new MacBook Pros with Haswell processors at WWDC back in June, but later updated his prediction to suggest a mid-September release for the refreshed MacBook Pros.

Apple could presumably launch updated MacBook Pro models at any time, as Intel's power-efficient Haswell chips have been available for several months now, and low-power versions of the chips were included in Apple's June refresh of its MacBook Air lineup. Many have assumed, however, that a launch would not come until October in order to allow Apple, its customers, and the media to focus on the iPhone in September.

There is also evidence that suggests Apple vendors may be trying to run down existing MacBook Pro stock, with Best Buy and Amazon currently offering significant-back-to-school discounts on the MacBook Pro. Data from U.S. research firm NPD released last month also indicated that U.S. Mac sales were down in June compared to the previous June, despite the introduction of the new MacBook Airs, with the lack of a refreshed MacBook Pro lineup cited as a primary contributing cause.

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Top Rated Comments

Krazy Bill Avatar
117 months ago
And why is this on the Blog page and not front and center? I know Macs are the bastard products of Apple but they are getting more iOS-ified and should therefore rate a front page rumor every now and then. :(
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gatearray Avatar
117 months ago
If the update is as weak as the Macbook Air one, I'm switching to PC

I'm sure you'll find lots of "strong" updates there, seeing how PCs are dependent on Intel chips, as well. :)
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ryth Avatar
117 months ago
About time. Take my money!



Lets hope it has a discrete GPU.

=0
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Mercurian Avatar
117 months ago
And why is this on the Blog page and not front and center? I know Macs are the bastard products of Apple but they are getting more iOS-ified and should therefore rate a front page rumor every now and then. :(

+1.

I don't see why this is relugated to second rate news when we got almost hourly updates on bloody gold/champagne/tacky yellow iphones :mad:
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Krazy Bill Avatar
117 months ago
Yes but September of what year? :eek:
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
casik Avatar
117 months ago
As much as I would have loved a rMBP, I wanted something I could open up and upgrade as time goes on. Upon arrival of my non-rMBP I swapped in a larger HD and am looking forward to maxing out the ram, and installing a SSD boot drive in the future. I have a hard time buying something that I cannot upgrade.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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