Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has very quickly become known as a mobile device company in the technology sector, and why not? The Company has developed a huge following that has grown dramatically since it introduced the iPod and the iPhone. Then, the iPad came out, and now the iPad Mini. Apple has been making money hand over fist with devices that aren’t connected to a physical hard drive or tethered to a desk.
However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), like with other devices, has developed a modest but loyal following with its line of laptops, especially the MacBook Air. With death of the PC bells sounding a knell thanks to poor performance by some of the big PC makers, and it is seeming to follow that laptops are not far behind, especially as Windows by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to be facing a slowdown in sales as the Windows 8 operating system is struggling to find its feet.
But with all the talk surrounding Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and its various mobile devices – including the rumored-and-speculated iWatch that supposed to be in the pipeline – we all may need a reminder: Yes, Apple does still make laptop computers. And with the PC market itself seemingly imploding before our very eyes, this seems to be an opportunity that if Apple can create some innovatively upgraded laptops, it might just be able to prove that that segment of the market is not quite endangered and may actually still have some life in it alongside tablets and smartphones.
Though Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook said not to expect any new product launches until the fall, there are reports that the company will start ramping up production for new versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines of desktops, which are reported to be the highlight devices of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. These new laptops will supposedly run on the newest Haswell line of processors by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the best-selling device in the MacBook line, so the report suggests that Apple may not upgrade that device to a Retina display at this point, and instead will focus on mostly internal improvements to the devices. It is expected that notebook shipments for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are expected to grow by about 10 percent this quarter, with the brunt of that growth coming from the new models featuring Haswell.
What are your thoughts about the notebook sector for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)? Do you think there is still a future for laptops, or will they too go the way of the desktop PC? Let us know your thoughts about this in the comments section below.