With WWDC just around the bend, it’s time to face the usual torrent of leaks and dribbles and rumours and lies. While this look at a rumoured MacBook could well be the latter, it certainly matches up with what we’d expect. Except, maybe, for that display.
What you’re looking at above is all in sync with what we’ve been hearing these last few months; Ivy Bridge guts, a Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 one-two combo. But while some had held out hope for a glorious high-definition retina display (or at least close to it), this spec sheet promises a relatively paltry 1280×800 pixels — identical to the current generation. By contrast, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air has a much denser 1440×900 display.
The other bit of a bummer? Identical dimensions to the MacBook Pro that’s on shelves today. That wouldn’t be such a big deal if a radical design change hadn’t been so widely reported. A flatter, non-tapered MacBook Pro has been the operating assumption, one with no optical drive (present, here) or Ethernet port (ditto). And the machine described above certainly isn’t that.
So we’re left with three options. Either this spec sheet is completely fake (very possible!), Apple has opted for the most boring product refresh in recent memory (unlikely!), or the above is a budget, legacy-type model. A more affordable, non-pro throwback, like Ivy Bridge-age MacBook equivalent.