WWDC 2013 wish-list: iMore's top Mac hardware wants!

While there won't be new iPhones or iPads at WWDC 2013 -- those are coming in the fall -- there will be new Macs. Peter's been covering everything from the new Haswell chipsets we can look forward to, to the new Mac Pros every geek is hoping beyond hope for. But what are we most looking forward to? Which non-mobile slab of glass and aluminium do we most want to bring home with us this June?


Peter Cohen, managing editor of iMore

I'm looking forward to improved power management and better graphics performance in laptops. The MacBook Airs and 13-inch MacBook Pro are showing their age with their Intel HD4000 graphics; Although I don't think it'll happen at WWDC, I'd love to see a new Mac Pro from Apple, too - the machine is long overdue for a complete overhaul.

Ally Kazmucha, how-to editor of iMore

I just bought a new iMac and a retina iMac doesn't really appeal to me to be honest. I'm fine with what I have. I would, however, like to upgrade my 2011 15" MacBook Pro within the next year or so and I'm really holding off for a retina MacBook Air. Please?

Richard Devine, senior editor of iMore

I'm fortunate enough that I'm running recent Mac hardware, so there's nothing specific I'm holding out for. What I'd love to see more than anything is a smaller Thunderbolt display. I've got limited space in my office, and the current 27-inch Thunderbolt display is just too big for me. If they could shrink that down to a 23-inch size, it would be the display for me.

I also really want to see an updated 11-inch MacBook Air with some of the new Haswell chips. I'm a huge fan of the 11-inch Air, and I'd love to see it given a bit of an update.

Marc Edwards, co-host of Iterate

I'd like to see LTE networking for all portables. And, like many, I'd welcome Retina displays for the MacBook Airs and iMacs with open arms. They seem like a sure thing, it's just a matter of when it's technically possible while meeting the desired price points.

Seth Clifford, co-host of Iterate

All I want - and I'm sure I'll never get it - is a 15" MacBook Air. I don't care about the Retina MBP (yet) but I need a big screen. I love my standard 15" MBP, but I'm tired of schlepping it around. I know it's a long shot, since the product lines don't seem to be moving in that direction, but stranger things have happened.

Chris Parsons, editor-at-large of Mobile Nations

I have a 15-inch MacBook Pro. I'm fine.

Nick Arnott, security columnist

Lighter, faster, longer battery. While I’d love to see Retina displays become status quo on Macbooks, I don’t think we’re there yet. In the meantime I’ll settle for iterative update from Apple on their current lineup.

Rene Ritchie, editor-in-chief of iMore

In a perfect world we'd all get the 1024GB Retina MacBook Air, but we don't live in that world. We live in a world where display density, battery life, and lightness all need to be balanced in a way that means we don't get what we want. At least not yet. So I'll settle for a Haswell-powered 13-inch retina MacBook Pro, powerful and light. And if I get a Mac Pro, or a Mac Mini Pro, that delights high-end users and redefines Apple's top of the line.

What's your number one Mac wish?

So that's what everyone here at iMore wants to see! Well, almost everyone. You're the most important part of the site, so your opinion matters to us the most! Tell me, what's your number one wish come Mac and WWDC?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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WWDC 2013 wish-list: iMore's top Mac hardware wants!


15 inch air would just fit me. I can bring it to my school, portable yet still powerful (i hope so cuz its 15 inch) its just perfect. Screen resolution could be 1920 X 1200 :)

I find it hard to care about Mac hardware anymore as I use a Mac Pro at home and have switched everything else to iOS devices. An iMac, is an iMac, is an iMac, AFAICS. They haven't changed the basic design substantially since they dropped the CRT really. It would be interesting if they added touch screen capabilities as an option to the entire line, but that seems unlikely.

iOS is what I use to get the majority of my real work done (with the notable exception of graphics), so I'm far, far more interested in the iOS 7 announcement, and updates to the core iOS apps like Pages, Numbers, etc. than anything from the Mac side, unless and until they bring out the new Mac Pro, and that seems really unlikely to happen this time.

Just a new Thunderbolt Display please. Same screen tech as new iMac. USB3. Allows daisy chaining with Cinema Display. Bonus would be greater resolution.

I hoping for super fast Retina (4K) iMac combine with possible wild card feature for NFMR (near field magnetic resonance) that would support future Mac, iOS device other accessary devices for wireless charge.

All I want is a Haswell refresh, but with the HD5000 on board not the 4200 or 4500 (i think that's what they are). I see a 15W SKU with the HD5000 (i7) so let's make it happen Apple. Other than that, a Retina Air would be nice but I'd rather have 10 Hr battery life.

Edit: Retina Air should be a no-brainer considering many manufacturers crammed even higher resolution screens into equally thin packages at Computex (Fujitsu).

Call me crazy but id love to see nfc added to desktop/laptop/mobile. Then bring all the features that android beam offers and id be golden.

List of stuff that I'd like to see:
1.) Macbook Air with Haswell and a discrete video card. They had this a few generations ago and killed it. I know Haswell is supposed to have better graphics, but still not as good as a good ol nVidia or AMD card.
2.) Macbook Pro with Retina 13" with a discrete graphics card. Same reason as above
3.) A Mac Mini Pro or a cheaper Mac Pro. I love the design of the Mac Pro, but don't need the cost or the power of the Xenon. I'd like to see something like a bigger Mac Mini with a i5 and i7 Haswell processor with like 8 GB of RAM and Thunderbolt 2.0 galore so I can use an external video card so I can play the games that I play. I love how OSX operates much better than Windows and would love to switch over, but the sweet spot just isn't there for me on the desktop side right now.

As an owner of the new iMac I dislike that the audio is noticeably worse than my previous almost 6 year old iMac. That is the definition of a bad trade off on the design of an all in one desktop machine. They chose absolutely edge thinness over audio quality, and that was a bad choice. I'd gladly wish they would fix the audio on the next iMac. Thanks to the very thin bottom edge the supposed great audio (supposed by Apple marketing) sound like it's being funnelled through a road side street cone. They should, at a bare minimum, thicken the chin edge slightly, and perhaps more as it goes towards the bottom center where you cannot see, to allow the speakers to breath a little.

The current new iMac model is form over function at its worst. The whole point of a clean AIO machine is not having to add on speakers to it. Hence the fact that it's a fully self contained machine. Many iMac users like to listen to music while they work. Clearly Jony Ive doesn't use a desktop himself. He should know better.

And yes, I did fill this out: http://www.apple.com/feedback/imac.html

That's a real shame - I hadn't heard that. I hope the new Thunderbolt Display doesn't suffer the same fate. I agree no aspect of the TD or IMac should be a step backwards.

This counts for non-mobile: a refreshed Apple TV that has an App Store. What's better than giving devs another $$$ making opportunity than announcing it at WWDC.

Cosigned......no problem with the newest AppleTV as it suits my needs (YouTube, AirPlay, occasional movies/shows I've missed), but like you said, access to an App Store, even if limited would be great for the user & another revenue stream for devs.

upgraded 13 inch Macbook pro nonretina, that's cheaper, lighter, stronger processor, and still has lots of storage. I'd don't care about the display or solid state if i have to sacrifice price or storage space. I need the room. oh and still upgradable memory. I'd be willing to lose the dvd drive too in favor of lightening it like the retina ones.

1. A Mac Pro that is not the size of a suitcase but supporting dual nVidia GTX 680 or 780 or Titan GPUs so I can stop building Hackintoshes for top-of-the-line video editing.
2. Thunderbolt supporting 4K screens

Longer battery life, retina, lighter thinner and 256GB SSD standerd on all.I need a machine like this for college work.

13" Retina MBP, but double the 13" MBAir resolution (1440x900), not double the 13" MBP (1280x800) resolution, with next-gen graphics card.

I'd like to see a movement away from 64GB and 128gb SSD to a more usable base size on low priced Macbooks. I would love an 11" Macbook air, but cant swing $1300 to have a 256GB SSD with no SD card slot.... (hmm. that reminds me: I'd like to see an SD card slot on the 11" Macbook Air, too! :D ). With the price of SSD's coming down, at minimum, I hope to see 128GB as the $999 price leader and then 256GB+ for the $1100 up models.

I am in one of 2 camps. The first wold be a 15" Air (Preferably with Retina Display) the other is a 15" Retina MBP with the Haswell Proc. This is more likely but from what i am reading not looking good. Looks like the 13" version will get the Haswell update.