|Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developers' Conference on Monday.|
SAN FRANCSICO ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) investors are eagerly anticipating the new Mac hardware, which the tech giant is expected to debut at its Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC), which kicks off in San Francisco on Monday. "Like most people, I'm looking for Apple to announce new stuff," explained Scott Grannis, who writes the Calafia Beach Pundit blog, in an email to TheStreet. "I think they will very likely be showing new models of laptops and desktops, as these are long overdue."
There have been rumors that Apple may launch a new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring the HD retina display technology found on the latest iPad. This may also feature a design similar to the MacBook Air, and sport no optical drive. Pre-WWDC chatter also suggests that the MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro may be upgraded with Intel's ( INTC) Ivy Bridge processor, bringing improved performance and enhanced graphics. "I'm very interested in the new laptops, since I'm ready to upgrade my own which is now over 2 years old," noted Grannis. "I suspect they will be well received, being much lighter and faster, and sporting retina displays." Retina display is one of the key features of Apple's latest iPad, which was launched in March, offering four times the number of pixels of its predecessor, the iPad 2. "I really love the retina display on my new iPad, and I can't wait to see what a retina display looks like on a bigger laptop screen," added Grannis. "Apple already sells the best laptops, and the new ones are going to be to die for - Apple still has plenty of room to expand its market share in the traditional PC and laptop market." Michael Yoshikami, CEO and founder of Destination Wealth Management, agreed that the launch of new MacBooks at WWDC will resonate with consumers. "As retina displays begin to move away from iPads exclusively and towards MacBook devices, virtually all MacBook owners will consider upgrading their devices to experience what will likely be shocking resolution for a computer screen," he noted, in an email to TheStreet. TheStreet will be live-blogging the WWDC keynote, starting at 12:3- p.m. EDT.