My MacBook Pro is over 7 years old now. I’m a software engineer, and I like to do my own design work for small projects. I’m also a fan of photography, and need a machine powerful enough to process large images. I even occasionally make and edit videos. Basically, I desperately need a new, far more powerful, computer. Through upgrades, my 7 year old machine has gotten upgraded memory and a solid state drive, which is why it’s been able to stay relevant for so long. But now it’s too old to keep up, the processor has been pushed to its limits, and even with more memory and a faster drive, it’s finally starting to feel sluggish. Software demands have finally outpaced what I was able to do for this plucky little machine. What do I replace it with? What could last me 5-6 years and provide the power I need? Can it also be portable?
No, not if I want to buy any of Apple’s disappointing computers.
Apple hasn’t made an official announcement yet, but Macotakara claims a “reliable Chinese supplier” has spoken to them, telling them that the MacBook Pro would be updated this month, something we’ve heard before. The report claims the 11 inch MacBook Air will be abandoned, which makes sense, as a 12.9″ iPad Pro with a larger screen and more storage space can be purchased for around the same price. The MacBook Pro is exected top receive a long overdue update as well, though it may not be everything professionals want. The device will apparently get rid of all current ports, including the MagSafe charging port, in favor of four USB-C ports, two of which are ThunderBolt 3 ports, which will enable tools like external graphics cards. We could also see new iMacs, Mac Pros, and external Thunderbolt displays. Don’t expect a dynamic keyboard though, Apple has only recently begun working with the company that makes them, so they likely won’t have anything with a dynamic keyboard until 2018. However, the MacBook Pro is still expected to have a dynamic OLED function bar above the keyboard.
This could put new MacBook in the hands of customers as early as November. After neglecting Mac users and professionals for years now, I think I can speak for everyone when I say “About damn time.” Apple has yet to announce anything, but they usually do send out invites a week in advance, so we could hear from Apple tomorrow.
We’ve heard conflicting rumors about the new MacBook Pro. First, we heard that a brand new design would be revealed during WWDC, then we heard Apple’s WWDC keynote wouldn’t feature any new hardware. That nixed our hopes for both a new MacBook Pro and a new 5K display. However, Japanese blog Macotakara has breathed new life into the rumored MacBook Pro. They claim they have sources within one of Apple’s Chinese suppliers. Their source claims the next MacBook Pro will feature USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports (which look identical to USB-3 ports). Their report also claims that Apple will reveal new MacBook Airs, which will also go through substancial changes. Perhaps best of all, their source claims Apple will release these much needed updates in August, with a June unveiling.