At WWDC in June, Apple will reportedly unveil a slate of upgrades to its MacBook lineup in an effort to stay competitive with Microsoft.
Bloomberg reports the biggest upgrade will see Apple introduce Intel’s Kaby Lake processor to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, a machine that was only just introduced last year. It’s unclear if the company’s high-end laptop will receive any other updates, or if its price will change as a result of the new processor.
Additionally, the 12-inch MacBook is also expected to be upgraded with a faster Intel chip, while Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air, a computer that hasn’t seen a spec upgrade since 2015, will receive some love with a new processor. Apparently, sales of the Air remain strong, leaving Apple no choice but to upgrade it.
Because these machines aren’t getting sweeping upgrades, expect them to be a mere footnote in Apple’s WWDC keynote. The machines will reportedly be joined by a Siri speaker and several iPad updates, including the introduction of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Seeing as Microsoft just unveiled a new Surface laptop, it’s in Apple’s best interest to keep its machines up-to-date in order to remain competitive. Apple’s laptops will likely be announced alongside a new version of macOS, which is rumored to feature pro integration between the iPad Pro and Macs.
Apple’s WWDC keynote kicks off on June 5.