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Just hours after new details surfaced suggesting that Apple could introduce a slimmed-down version of its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display next week, one of the company's largest resellers â Amazon.com â is sold out of the current entry-level model.
The high-profile stockout that was discovered in AppleInsider's Mac Price Guide Monday morning comes just a week before Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote presentation â a stage frequently used to unveil new products and innovations. This year, the company is expected to showcase its new next-generation operating system software for the Mac and iOS devices â OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 â in addition to highlighting some new Mac notebooks powered by Intel's new Haswell processors
Well-connected industry watch Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed on Sunday that Apple plans to launch a slimmed-down 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display at WWDC. He said the tweaked design will feature a thinner chassis, giving the professional-grade notebook a more portable form factor.
In addition, it's said that the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will sport an improved FaceTime HD camera, which could move from a current resolution of 720p to 1080p, or "full HD." For his part in attempting to predict Apple's future product plans through insight into the company's operations out East, Ming-Chi Kuo sports one of the industry's most respectable track records in recent years.
Amazon's stockout applies to Apple's entry-level 13-inch model, sporting a 2.5-gigahertz Intel Core i5 processor and 128 gigabytes of flash storage. Low inventory levels at authorized resellers are often one of the first signs of new hardware on the horizon, as Apple draws down its available inventory ahead of a new product launch.
In addition, as can be seen in the AppleInsider Mac Price Guide, Amazon and other resellers still have inventory of the two default configurations of Apple's larger 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which are the 2.4-gigahertz model with 256 gigabytes of storage and 8 gigabytes of RAM, and the 2.7-gigahertz variety with 512 gigabytes of storage and 16 gigabytes of RAM. The latest rumors have not offered any indication that Apple plans to update the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro next week, suggesting that a refresh to add Intel's Haswell processors may come at a later date.
However, Apple is expected to bring Haswell to its MacBook Air lineup at WWDC next week, with new models sporting dual microphones for better voice recognition. AppleInsider was first to report on widespread stockouts of MacBook Air models at resellers in recent weeks leading up to WWDC.
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, who has a reputation for accurate insider info on Apple's future product plans, corroborated rumors of new Macs at WWDC last week, when he signaled that updated hardware will likely be unveiled. The company is also planning to show off new versions of iOS and OS X, but is not expected to launch any new iPhone or iPad models.