Joseph Thomas

Exactly a week until Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off in sunny San Francisco, analysts say new, shiny Macs will likely steal the limelight. Previously, it was expected iOS would take a majority of the spotlight at this year’s conference, which was typically reserved for iPhone-related announcements.

Apple’s fleet of high-tech machinery is long overdue for a spec bump. Most notably, the Mac Pro, which hasn’t seen an update since 2009. Industry masterminds claim this month’s rumored hardware refresh marks the largest simultaneous launch of new Macs in Apple’s history. The Cupertino-based company traditionally staggered refreshes of their MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iMac lineup.

A report from 9to5 Mac claims the company will leverage this opportunity to introduce a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, which will barely resemble it’s 2011 predecessor. According to “trusted sources” the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is currently in the test production phase. The rig sports an ultra-thin, Air-esque design, Retina display, USB 3.0, and presumably, an Intel Ivy Bridge processor.

To achieve such a thin design, 9to5 Mac claims the new model ditches the Ethernet Port as well as the SuperDrive, both of which are outdated pieces of technology. While it will be ultra-thin, it will not “tapper” off like the MacBook Air. The new models, will, however, adapt the Air’s keyboard, in which the power button replaces the Disc Eject button on the keyboard.

Despite the thinness and added horsepower, the Retina display will be the highlight of these new machines. Source code within OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion hint at such endeavors underway. It is yet to be seen what a “Retina” display means, but it will be a game-changer nonetheless, considering the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen is 2048 x 1536.

The new MacBook Pro isn’t the only major event at WWDC this year. According to analysts, Apple is expected to update four out of five of their Mac lines. In addition to the Pro lineup, Apple is likely going to update the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs to Retina displays and Ivy Bridge processors.

It’s expected that the iMac and Mac Mini are the third and fourth product lines to receive a makeover. The iMac hasn’t been updated since May 2011, when Apple introduced Thunderbolt and FaceTime. However, the last major update was in 2009, when Apple switched to their snazzy industrial design.

The same sources also believe Apple will update several of their key accessories, such as refreshed keyboards, mice, trackpads, and cases. What’s missing from this monstrous list of updates? Nothing, really. If it all pans out, this marks the largest tech update for Apple, ever.

Are these Mac updates enough to satiate your palates until their September event, in which we can look forward to a new iPhone – or possibly – iPad Mini?