Replace: Recode is now reporting that Apple plans to launch new Macs as a part of an occasion on October 27th “at or close to Apple’s Cupertino campus.” There are not any new particulars on the Macs we’d see, however the submit under nonetheless represents probably the most persistent rumors from probably the most dependable sources.
Authentic story: Excluding the 12-inch MacBook, all of Apple’s Macs are presently at the least a yr outdated, and lots of of them are considerably older. Rumors about new fashions have been making the rounds all yr, however the newest and most dependable say that we’ll be getting some updates later this month.
The latest report is from Japanese site Mac Otakara, which is often a dependable supply of knowledge from Apple’s Asian provide chain. Its rumors in regards to the MacBook Professional conform with others we have been listening to for a lot of the yr. Each 13- and 15-inch MacBook Execs are stated to be getting thinner, and they’re going to comply with the thin-and-light MacBook in leaping to USB Kind-C ports, however Apple is making an attempt to maintain professional customers completely satisfied by giving them extra ports and including Thunderbolt Three help. Distinctive options like a customizable OLED operate key bar and TouchID help are additionally stated to be on faucet, as are GPUs from AMD’s “Polaris” household. Intel’s Skylake CPUs appear to be the perfect wager for the principle processor, since “Kaby Lake” chips appropriate for MacBook Execs aren’t due till January on the earliest.
Probably the most attention-grabbing new data is in regards to the MacBook Air. The 13-inch mannequin is alleged to get USB Kind-C and Thunderbolt 3, and people ports will change all the ports on the present Air—USB Kind-A, Thunderbolt 2, and Magsafe 2. We do not know what number of of those ports the Air will get, but when the design stays kind of the identical, it ought to at the least get greater than the one-ported MacBook. The 11-inch Air, which presently serves as Apple’s entry-level laptop computer, can be faraway from the lineup.
We additionally do not know whether or not Apple will take the chance to revisit different features of the 13-inch Air’s growing old design, which was final overhauled again in October of 2010. Particularly, its non-Retina, non-IPS 1440×900 show is much behind the remainder of the PC trade in each high quality and backbone. Eradicating the 11-inch Air from the lineup does make some sense for the reason that 12-inch MacBook is each thinner, lighter, and higher-quality, but it surely’s additionally considerably dearer—hopefully it sees some value cuts to make it extra palatable.
We’ll maintain our ear to the bottom, and if Apple truly does refresh its Mac lineup later this month, we’ll deliver you all the small print as we get them.