Rumor: Apple To Reveal A New Notebook Refresh At WWDC

macbookpro-800x463By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Recently, Tim Cook uttered a Mea Culpa for the Mac Pro ‘Trashcan,’ and Apple promised a new Modular Mac sometime in the future. The company is now believed to be working on another notebook refresh, which will be announced at the annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference next month. But where are the new iMac desktops?

The report comes from MacRumors, and it states that even though Apple recently updated the MacBook Pro in October with a slimmer design and Touch Bar, the next generation notebooks will have the faster Kaby Lake Processors which will take advantage of numerous tweaks to OS X in anticipation of the new units. Additionally Apple is designing a new, low power ARM chip for graphics, but MacRumors believes that progress has been slow and it may not be ready for the June announcement.

Meanwhile, on the lower end of the scale, the MacBook, which hasn’t been upgraded since April of 2016, will also be brought into the Kaby Lake family. MacRumors also reports that since the MacBook Air hasn’t been updated since Spring of 2015, it’s likely that Apple is going to discontinue the line. The simple fact is that the lessons learned from designing and building the Air variant have been applied to both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook, and they are as thin, and therefore the Air line is largely obsolete.

However, the famous Mac news and rumors blog cites a report by Bloomberg that the lower cost MacBook Air is very popular due to its low cost. And to that end, Apple may keep it around a little while longer, giving it a Kaby Lake refresh, and then seeing if sales continue to support it in spite of the newer, thinner MacBooks. But let’s face it, in the computer world, cost almost always seems to trump performance.

“The original iMac, you never would’ve thought as remotely touching pro uses. And now you look at today’s 5K iMac, top configs, it’s incredibly powerful — whether it’s audio editing, video editing, graphics, arts and so forth — that would’ve previously absolutely required the Mac Pros of old, are being well-addressed by iMac. But there’s still even further we can take iMac as a high performance, pro system, and we think that form factor can address even more of the pro market.” – Craig Federighi via TechCrunch

imacsMeanwhile, the iMac is also waiting for its own update, with it approaching nearly 580 days since. Apple has indicated that an update is coming, and perhaps we’ll hear about it during an event in the fall, before the holiday shopping season. But for now, it’s not likely that we’ll get one before then.

However, when we do, taking what the team at Apple says about the iMac, and why it’s taken so long to refresh the MacPro, and you can see why. The iMac is powerful enough, and some think it’s more powerful at this point, that the only real benefit to waiting to get a Modular Mac is that Apple promises that it will be upgradeable again. Something the iMac can’t be.

Unfortunately, no news is still bad news for Mac Mini fans, as it hasn’t been updated since the Fall of 2014. That makes it likely Apple is going to skip it yet again.

WWDC begins June 5th.

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.