Apple will unveil new laptops during its annual developer conference, known as WWDC, next month, according to a report in Bloomberg. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. As for the MacBook Air, the company will update the 13-inch laptop with a new processor.
The reported refresh of the MacBook line - should it happen - would come as Apple faces new competition from old rival Microsoft. The smartphone accounts for almost two-thirds of Apple's revenue while the Mac lineup accounts for about one-tenth of it.
Apple and Intel declined to comment. Microsoft's first real laptop is widely considered a viable rival to the MacBook Air. At last October's MacBook Pro unveiling, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said the new touch-enabled portable is better than the Air "in every way", and implied that Air users looking to replace their laptop should go with the new Pro.
Apple could be rolling out new Mac notebooks based on Intel's latest processors later this year. But, it was not mentioned on how much memory these two MacBook Pro 2017 variants will carry. The laptops shipped with Skylake CPUs, but there's no reason not to update the laptops with the new CPUs.
Additionally, it's reassuring to see that Apple hasn't completely forgotten about the MacBook Air. While the Air has received component upgrades in the past, it's been nearly seven years since Apple made major design changes to it.
As we get closer to Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) that takes place in early June, we're starting to hear more rumors about what products could be unveiled there. We're already expecting a Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad, so this just adds onto the expected hardware-based announcements that will sit alongside iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. The software updates are usually released in the fall.