Report says New 13- and 15-inch Mac Laptops in June

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Apple didn't refresh its laptop lineup at Monday's "Let us loop you in" media event, and it's looking like we won't see new models until June. According to a new report, Apple is planning to release what are being called "ultra-thin" 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook models near the end of the second quarter, which fits with a June—and Worldwide Developer Conference—launch.

New Mac laptops likely coming in JuneNew Mac laptops likely coming in June

Unless Apple is planning to roll out new models quietly or at another media event, WWDC seems the most plausible time for a launch announcement. Apple hasn't announced the dates for its annual developer conference yet, but based on previous years, mid-June seems fairly likely.

The new MacBook report comes from sources telling DigiTimes Asustek, Dell, and Lenovo are preparing to ship their own ultra-thin 13-inch and 15-inch laptops to compete with Apple. DigiTimes has a mixed track record with its Apple predictions, but in this case the timing does line up, and it fits with an earlier report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

What we don't know is exactly what DigiTimes means by new MacBooks. Apple most likely isn't planning on adding 13-inch and 15-inch models to go along with its current 12-inch MacBook. The report could be referring to the MacBook Air, although it doesn't seem likely the company is planning to add a 15-inch model to its existing 11-inch and 13-inch models.

What seems more plausible—or at least strong wishful thinking—is that we're getting redesigned MacBook Pros at WWDC with thinner bodies and Thunderbolt 3.

It's been about a year since Apple's laptops saw any updates. The MacBook Air was last refreshed in March 2015, and May 2015 for the Retina MacBook Pro. The MacBook was released in April 2015, and hasn't been updated yet. That puts all of Apple's laptops past due for an update.

When Apple does roll out new models, they're expected to use Intel's Skylake processors, include USB-C ports, and the MacBook Pro may have Thunderbolt 3 support, too. And regardless of the DigiTimes report, June sounds like about the right time for them to drop.

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We're all aching for new Mac laptops, but it's looking more and more like they aren't coming until June.

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Gimme a MBPro with 8-16GB RAM upgradeable to 32GB if needed, Skylake, Upgradeable SSD, and enough ports to connect all my stuff. Make it a Pro machine that is worthy of the Pro moniker. Thin I don’t really care about. They’re thin enough. I want power.

As an aside, when I bought “The Beast”, my 2012 MacBook Pro, I said that it might be my last Mac. I figured that iPads and iOS would advance fast enough that I’d be doing everything on a tablet by now. Hasn’t worked out that way.


I hope Apple makes something like Razer’s Blade Stealth and Razer’s Core (external graphics card).  The Razer Blade Stealth is a thin Intel Skylake laptop that uses Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) and can connect to a full size external graphics card when a person needs full graphics power.

This way the laptop can be portable with great batter life, and when someone needs to do graphics intensive work they can connect the external graphics card.  I would love to be able to upgrade my laptop’s graphics card without having to buy a whole new laptop.  I would estimate that 3 out of the last 4 times I bought a new computer the main reason was to get a better graphics card because I could not upgrade the one in my Mac.

I love my MacBook Pro 15” (retina), but I do use it a lot as a computer on my desk connected to a 4K monitor.  When my MacBook is on my desk I have it on a laptop cooler because the graphics card gets so hot running the external monitor.

I even think an external graphics card makes sense for an updated MacPro.  If I remember correctly, there are two main groups that buy MacPros: people who need lots of processor cores, and people who need lots of graphics power and graphics memory.  I remember reading that many audio professionals did not like the new MacPro because having two graphics cards was a waste of money for them, they wanted lots of storage and system memory.

If a new MacPro used external graphics cards then people wanting lots of processor cores can focus on that and those wanting graphics cards can get as many as they want and change them out often.


@geoduck:  +1, well said. Would prefer Skylake + 32MB RAM + 2GB SSD with mega ports and same profile/connectivity to my HengeDocks rather than thinner!

Paul Goodwin

I agree geoduck. Make it Pro. But I bet they make it thinner. Hope we don’t lose all the ports

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