The MacBook Pro is still without its Haswell upgrade, even though the Air and iMac are already making full use of this latest processor from Intel. However, we still have a good feeling of an October release, and so we will need to wait until Apple’s event next month to see if this will happen.
It is hard to know if Apple has done the right thing by holding off the 2013 MacBook Pro refresh this late, although there was a minor update earlier this year? Having said that, the MacBook Pro is certainly in need of the Haswell CPU because it will help to increase performance and battery life.
We have already seen several comments where some people want these improved features, but we are also seeing that a 17-inch Haswell MacBook Pro is demanded for the 2013 refresh. It seems the return of the 17-inch MacBook Pro is needed, with and without Retina.
Like the original 17-inch we are hearing that some of you will be happy to keep with the same location of the speakers, which was on either side of the keyboard, although improvements need to be made to make them louder and of a better quality. Having said that, this is not exactly a major concern.
There is also demand for an optical drive on the 17-inch 2013 MacBook Pro because some heavy-duty professional users still have a need for this, but would you agree?
One of the strangest features asked for with the newer model is for different backlight colors, but we cannot see Apple giving their customers that sort of customization.
Would you like to see the 17-inch MacBook Pro return, or even an optical drive?