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Apple to debut slimmer Retina MacBook Pro and more at WWDC

WWDC will see a slimmer Retina MacBook Pro with an improved camera, as well as new MacBook Air microphones, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

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Apple will unveil a slimmer Retina MacBook Pro with a 1080p camera and an improved MacBook Air at this year’s WWDC.

The claim, from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, comes just one week before Apple’s annual conference for developers which is already confirmed to feature new iterations of iOS and OS X.

Elaborating, Kuo, who has been a reliable source of information in the past, said:

We expect the new MacBook, featuring an upgrade to Intel’s (US) Haswell processor, will be in the spotlight for Apple at the upcoming WWDC from June 10. Along with the new processor, we expect the following modifications to each product line:

Retina MacBook Pro to be slimmer slightly, along with a camera upgrade. We expect the 13” Retina MacBook Pro will have a slightly slimmer form factor for increasing its portability. Also, we think the camera spec will be upgraded from HD to full HD. This will improve FaceTime and video conference quality in the high resolution Retina display.

With Intel’s Haswell processors reported to be far easier on battery life, the notion that Apple could slim down the 13″ Retina MacBook Pro, possibly by slimming down the battery, certainly doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

Kuo also believes that the MacBook Air will see a minor improvement in the form of an improved set of microphones:

We forecast that this year’s new MacBook Air model will also have dual built-in microphones as a result of positive feedback on this feature in Retina MacBook Pro, which delivers clear voice quality on FaceTime and VoIP service.

We won’t know whether either of Kuo’s predictions will turn out to be true until next week (where we’ll be covering the entire opening keynote live), but we do know that Apple will debut iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 for the first time.

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