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Apple Store goes down: Mac hardware incoming

Apple Store goes down: Mac hardware incoming

The Apple Store has gone down for "updating" ahead of WWDC 2012, with the company believed to be restocking the shelves with new MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, MacBook Air and other models. By now traditional ahead of a significant Apple launch, the downtime would seemingly confirm longstanding speculation that WWDC won't solely be software focused but will see some new hardware arriving too.

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2012 MacBook Pro “classic” and Mac Pro specs reportedly leak [Updated]

2012 MacBook Pro “classic” and Mac Pro specs reportedly leak [Updated]

Specifications for Apple's 2012 MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models have reportedly been leaked ahead of the company's big reveal later today, with talk of two high-end notebook ranges that would introduce a new design language. Two new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and two 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models using the existing unibody styling are tipped by 9to5Mac's sources, kicking off with 2.5GHz dual-core processors and keeping their integrated optical drives but not getting Retina Display graphics. Those new panels are tipped to be reserved for the new breed of MacBook Pro.

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Apple WWDC 2012: Are we expecting too much?

Apple WWDC 2012: Are we expecting too much?

Apple's annual developer event may kick off in just a few hours time but the rumor machine has been busy for months, churning out delicious chunks of speculation and hype. A new line of slinky MacBook Pro notebooks, blistering Mac Pro desktops, great swathes of iOS 6 and even a fresh iPhone have all been tipped for the opening WWDC 2012 keynote, each with their retinue of rumor and counter-rumor. As Tim Cook's moment on stage approaches, though, it's looking more and more possible that we've built ourselves up for more disappointment.

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2012 MacBook Pro leak tips unchanged design plus Kepler graphics

2012 MacBook Pro leak tips unchanged design plus Kepler graphics

Apple's 2012 MacBook Pro refresh may not introduce the much-anticipated design changes many rumors had suggested, with purportedly leaked internal components suggesting Apple has plans for a near-identical chassis. Images supposedly showing the new NVIDIA GeForce 650M Kepler GPU and graphics memory shared on Chinese forum WeiPhone indicate a mainboard design that matches up with the screwholes and shapes of the current-gen MacBook Pro mainboard.

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Apple to axe 17″ MacBook Pro then “Pro” brand altogether tips analyst

Apple to axe 17″ MacBook Pro then “Pro” brand altogether tips analyst

Apple could not only retire the 17-inch MacBook Pro in 2012 but axe the entire "Pro" range, analysts have suggested, replacing it with a "new MacBook" brand in 2013. The cull, predicted by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, follows long-standing speculation that the largest MacBook Pro - which accounted for just 1.7-percent of Apple notebook sales in Q1 2012, Apple Insider reports - will not be included in the widely anticipated WWDC 2012 refresh next week.

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Mac Retina Display looking likely: High-res apps hit Mac App Store

Mac Retina Display looking likely: High-res apps hit Mac App Store

Further evidence of a Retina Display upgrade for Apple's new Macs has emerged, with Mac App Store apps being quietly updated to apparently support the pixel-dense panels. File sync tool FolderWatch [iTunes link] has been spotted mentioning Retina graphics in a recent update, and while Apple is yet to confirm that the new computers - expected to make their debut at WWDC 2012 next week - will indeed follow the new iPad with a high-resolution display, it's nonetheless looking increasingly likely.

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Your WWDC 2012 preparation guide: MacBook Pro and iOS 6 for everybody

Your WWDC 2012 preparation guide: MacBook Pro and iOS 6 for everybody

This week we're getting prepped for one of the larger Apple events of the year, that being the Wordwide Developers Conference 2012. This conference is billed as "the weeek we've all been waiting for" by Apple and is sure to bring on more than just software - as we've seen in years past - but hardware as well. We'll be bringing you all of the action live from our WWDC livecast portal as well as here in the main news feed, but before we get there, have a look at our pre-event guide.

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