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Apple could be launching a new 13-inch MacBook Pro as early as this year, according to a recent report from DigiTimes.
The publication's sources have stated that Apple has demanded it upstream partners to start supplying components for the 13-inch model in the third quarter and they have not yet heard anything about changing the schedule.
The sources also stated that they believe the new MacBook Pro will launch before October in order to catch up with back-to-school season.
Apple also still expects its notebook shipments to grow 30 percent on year, according to the sources.
The device should launch around the same time as the next-generation iPhone.
Apple was originally expected to release the smartphone sometime in the beginning of the summer. However, those plans have been pushed back since summer has arrived and the iPhone is nowhere to be found.
And even though the company has not confirmed any information on the device, the buzz for it is tremendous.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 recently in order to get a head start on Apple this time around.
Customers looking to purchase the device should wait until the new iPhone comes out and skip the Android device, according to Foxconn's Terry Gou.
Gou made a statement on Monday at Hon Hai Precision's annual meeting of shareholders where he basically said that the new iPhone will "put the Samsung Galaxy S3 to shame" when it is released.
His company, Foxconn, manufactures many of Apple's popular products including the iPhone and the iPad.
Gou seems to avidly support Apple, however, he is not the biggest fan of Samsung, stating to the press that it is a lifetime goal of his to defeat the Korean electronics giant.
He claims Samsung is "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors," referring to the company's actions in 2010 where it snitched on four Taiwanese companies in an investigation by the European Commission on price-fixing in the flat panel industry.