MacBook refresh tipped for WWDC may include new 12″, Air, and Pro models

Brittany A. Roston - May 16, 2017
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MacBook refresh tipped for WWDC may include new 12″, Air, and Pro models

Apple will be introducing a refreshed lineup of MacBook laptops at the its developers conference this summer, according to sources, doing so in a bid to stave off competition from Microsoft. The sources go on to claim that Apple will launch a trio of new laptops, one of which will be a new 12-inch model and another that will be a faster MacBook Pro. The sources also suggest we may see a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air model in light of its continuing favor among consumers.

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The information comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports that it got word from sources with knowledge of the matter. Despite its growing age, the 13-inch MacBook Air remains a favorite among consumers — the ones interested in Apple products, that is — and so Apple is said to be considering an updated model with a new processor to keep the interest alive.

We’ll also likely be seeing a new version of the relatively young 12-inch MacBook. Joining both of these, say the sources, will be a refreshed MacBook Pro that would stay mostly the same, but have updated ‘internal architecture.’ Bloomberg claims that Apple has been working on its own chip for a yet-unannounced MacBook Pro model that will manage the model’s low-power mode.

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The refreshed lineup, assuming it happens, would come shortly after Microsoft’s debut of its first proper laptop, the Surface Laptop. The company positions this a high-end laptop, one that features a soft material on the inside called Alcantara that some critics are unhappy about, as well as a sleek outer design, touchscreen display, and more. In addition to the rumored MacBook refresh, Apple is expected to unveil the latest iteration of macOS this June.

SOURCE: Bloomberg


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