Apple Still On Track To Unveil New MacBook Pro This October; 11-Inch MacBook Air To Be Discontinued
Rumors have been claiming that Apple will be unveiling the new models of the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air this month. With October past the halfway point though, many fans have started doubting that the company will indeed be announcing the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models before the month ends.
A new report, however, claims that Apple is still on track to make the announcement this October on a new lineup of MacBooks.
Japanese website Mac Otakara, citing information acquired from a reliable Chinese supplier, said that Apple will be launching both 13-inch and 15-inch models of an updated MacBook Pro within the month, continuing the sizes that are currently available for the laptop.
The new Macbook Pro models are expected to support USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3, with traditional USB ports, MagSafe and Thunderbolt 2 to be dropped in the upcoming devices.
The report, however, claims that it will be a different story for the MacBook Air, with the company to discontinue the 11-inch model of the laptop once the new MacBook Pros have been unveiled. Apple will instead be focusing on the 13-inch MacBook Air.
It should be noted that not all the reports of Mac Otakara have been spot on. The website acquires information from companies operating within the Asian supply chain of Apple, but its track record is not a flawless one. However, with several other websites claiming that Apple will be announcing new MacBook models this month, it becomes easier to believe in the truth of this report.
With about two weeks to go before the end of the month though, it is still not clear if Apple will be holding an event for the announcement of the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. It is entirely possible that the release will be a quieter one, made only through a simple press release and the addition of the new devices in physical and online stores.
It was previously reported that with an October release of the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, it would mean that the laptops will not yet be powered by the new Intel Kaby Lake processors. The MacBook Pro is also claimed to be coming with an OLED touch panel that will replace the function keys at the top of the keyboard and Touch ID technology.
There were also rumors that the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models will come with trackpads that provide Apple Pencil support, which would expand the uses of the accessory beyond the iPad Pro.