Foxconn has reportedly ramped up production on the new Macbook Pro 2012, sparking rumours that the upcoming laptop’s release date is close by.
Apple’s key manufacturer has allegedly outsourced production of the revamped device following labour shortages due to heavy orders placed by Apple, IT news site DigiTimes reports.
It comes just days after US retailer Best Buy announced price cuts on last year’s version of the Macbook Pro range, fuelling reports that the refreshed laptop will land soon.
The company pulled a similar stunt with the iPad 2, weeks before the launch of the new iPad.
The report reads: “As Apple's new MacBooks are expected to launch in the near future, related upstream supply chain players are reportedly facing labour shortages because of strong orders from Apple, while some supply chain makers are even outsourcing their orders to meet shipment schedules, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”
The report adds: "Component manufacturing plants in eastern China have been suffering from labor shortages for a long time, and although May and June are the IT industry's traditional slow season when shortage issues are usually not as significant, the strong orders from Apple's new MacBook are leaving many upstream makers unable to satisfy demand."
Sources told DigiTimes that Apple shipments could possibly grow by 30 to 50 per cent this year as a result of the MacBook Pro update.
The revamped Macbook Pro is expected to be revealed at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference, set to take place on 11 June.
Rumours suggest the MacBook Pro 2012 will be in possession of a pin-sharp retina display, a top of the line Nvidia graphics card and a USB 3.0 port, enabling faster file transfers.
However, it will allegedly lack a super drive, with fanboys speculating that the space could be used to make way for a bigger battery.
The revamped laptop is also expected to sport a thinner and lighter chassis, as well as Intel’s powerful Ivy Bridge processor.
WWDC 2012: Rumours
According to rumours, Apple will also unveil its OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 operating systems at WWDC, which will take place in California on June 11.
It's believed that Mountain Lion will play host to a number of top features including an iOS-like interface.
According to reports, the Cupertino-based company has already begun training its staff on how to use the Mountain Lion software.
A source told AppleInsider: "The EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) division of AppleCare is allegedly hiring and training new staff on certain aspects of Apple's upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, possibly hinting that a release date is soon to arrive."