Apple discontinued the Macbook in February 2011, however if KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, it could make a sensational return as soon as Monday at WWDC, Apple Insider reports. It would return in different models however, with 13 and 15 inch versions being predicted by Kuo, both of which would have no disc drive.
KGI has a solid reputation when it comes to Apple predictions and news, and it would be very interesting to see a midrange Apple notebook return to the market.
According to Kuo, pricing would start at $1,199 for the 13 inch model but it wouldn’t be available until August as it has ‘limited space for thermal dissipation’ and will also use a ‘lower yield Retina display’ compared to its older brother.
Kuo even said that should these prove popular, Apple might even discontinue the Macbook Pro by 2013, even though that does seem unlikely, considering how many pro customers want a computer to go.
He did confirm that he thought they would also receive an update at WWDC, even though it seems from what he said that the new line of MacBooks would be more of the main event.
This is the first rumor suggesting that Apple might resurrect its former product line, with most other stories focused on a new Retina display Macbook Pro and a potential Mac Pro update. I for one was sad to see the Macbook line be discontinued so I think it would be great if it made a return. We’ll find out on Monday.