Apple To Refresh MacBook Pro & iMac Range In First Half Of 2011

Sources from within the component manufacturer community in Taiwan and China have told technology news outlet Digitimes that Apple will launch new MacBook Pro and iMac models in the first six months of 2011.

The sources said that Apple will bring at least four upgraded MacBook Pros plus an iMac with a new panel size and possibly a cheaper price to the market.

The notebooks are expected to sport a slightly different chassis and will come with the new Lion operating system.

Apple iMac desktops are currently available as 21.5-inch and 27-inch models so 2011 could well see the introduction of a new 23-inch model for around £1250.

Apple is expected to show continued notebook shipment growth with up to 40 per cent improvement year on year, reaching up to 10 million units next year.

The usual suspects, Quanta Computer and Foxconn Electronics, are expected to be the big winners of the new Apple range with the former seeing Apple-derived revenues rising by half from 20 per cent to 30 per cent next year.