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Apple is said to be preparing to unveil a revamped line of MacBook Pros at its annual developer conference in June.

While Apple quietly updated the specs of the MacBook Pro at the end of last year, this will be the first major design change the range has had since its debut four years ago.

New features are rumoured to be a high-definition retina display (the same as that of the iPad and iPhone), a MacBook Air-like slim design and a USB 3 port. The new line of MacBook Pros is also said to run on Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors.

The super-slim MacBook Air has been a big seller for Apple, said to contribute $7 billion to Apple's bottom line. The MacBook Air also resulted in Apple's competitors developing new ranges of slim, aluminium ultrabooks in order to compete. The MacBook Pro has, however, always had more memory and stronger computing capacity than the MacBook Air.

9to5 Mac cites “trusted sources in Apple's supply chain” saying the new MacBook Pro will borrow some elements of the MacBook Air design, but will not have the same tapering – opting rather for a solid straight, but slim design.

According to Bloomberg, Apple's Mac sales show a higher growth rate than that of the PC market. The popularity of the Mac is said to be driven by the popularity of Apple's mobile devices. The same report states Mac sales have more than doubled since 2007 (when the iPhone was released).

It is also widely expected that Apple will use its developer conference to debut its new Mac operating system, Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion was originally previewed in February, and includes many elements of the iOS mobile platform – which will provide better alignment between Apple's computers and mobile devices.

In line with this, an update to Apple's cloud storage offering, iCloud, is also expected. Key features of the update are said to be easier photo-sharing capabilities as well as video syncing.

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