Apple rumor: All-new MacBook line with Retina to debut at WWDC

MacBook with Retina

With Apple’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just days away, the rumors are pouring out from every nook and cranny. But this is easily the most interesting: AppleInsider reports that Apple will allegedly unveil an entirely new series of MacBook laptops, which will sit between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. If true, this would explain many of the other rumors we’ve been hearing about Apple’s forthcoming MacBook offerings.

This rumor come courtesy of KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claims to have a “reliable source of information on unannounced Apple products,” and regularly divulges these unofficial details to AppleInsider.

According to Kuo, the new MacBook line will simply be called “MacBook.” It will include 13-inch and 15-inch models, which will have no disk drive, and forego hard disk storage for a solid-state drive, claims Kuo. The body of the new MacBook will allegedly be slightly thicker than the ultra-thin MacBook Air, and thinner than a MacBook Pro, but with equal computing power. It will also have a Retina display, a tapered-edge design, and better battery life than the MacBook Air (which explains its additional girth) — so the story goes.

Prices for the rumored new MacBook will start at $1,199 for the basic 13-inch model, which is $100 more expensive than the basic 13-inch MacBook Air. The 15-inch MacBook jumps to $1,799, the same price as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

A report from May lines up perfectly with Kuo’s predictions — which does not make this rumor any more believable, as Kuo could be getting the same bad information, or simply repeating rumors that are already out there, with a twist. That rumor detailed a 15-inch “MacBook Pro” with a Retina display and a design thinner than current MacBook Pros but thicker than MacBook Airs — just what Kuo is talking about, aside from the name.

Regardless, it is now entirely evident that at least some Mac PCs will be getting Retina. Thursday, the creators of FolderWatch — an app for Mac computers only, not iPhone or iPad, which already have Retina displays — announced an updated version of their app that provides high-resolution “Retina graphics.” While it’s not an official Apple announcement, this is as substantiated as rumors get.

Other reports indicate that Apple will update its entire Mac lineup during WWDC, which kicks off in San Francisco on Monday, June 11, and run through the whole week.