According to Digitimes, partners and contractors working with Apple for the production of MacBook Pro would be facing a major lack of qualified employees to be able to deliver orders on time. It initially started in April, then further increased in May while it is expect to rocket up in June when the new models are expected to be announced with availability in July. According to sources in contact with Digitimes, the market for those products is expected to grow +30-50%, from 12.79 million units to 16-19 million in 2012.
As usual with such news, details are missing. Sure with the new Ivy Bridge CPU from Intel, Apple has to refresh its notebook models and many customers have been postponing their purchase. Rumors indicate that they will be thinner, will lose their optical drive and could feature a HD display as a BTO. Intel is today only able to deliver 4 cores CPU, for MBP 15" and 17", however, the latter might not be renew and could even disappear form the catalog according to some rumors, Apple would reorganize its offer around 13" and 15" models. The 13" unit as well as the MacBook Air might be featuring only dual core Ivy Bridge, available only in June from Intel, so we can expect such new model to be announced at the WWDC and be available in July.
By linathael, original by Lionel