Wintel-based notebook vendors heaved a big sigh of relief after Apple announced their new MacBook line-up at WWDC. Apple only introduced new Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a retina display for one MacBook Pro. Whewee! Nothing too huge, and the prices are still much higher for MacBooks, allowing the new Windows 8 notebooks and ultrabooks to steal the show.
Apple people have always been a small and devoted group of consumers and Wintel’s hoping that Apple’s new line-up won’t be enough to seduce Windows users to the dark side. The retina display costs much much more than the average Joe is willing to pay for it- double the price of an HD display- and when Windows 8 has a line-up of thinner, lighter ultrabooks with HD displays on sale for less, well, it’s no contest. Wintel doesn’t expect the new MacBook Air to detract from its Windowssales and doubts that the retina display will draw too big of a crowd on the heavier MacBook Pro. We’ll see in time how this all plays out.