“This jibes with both Bloomberg reports and with what Rhoda Alexander, Director Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Markit Technology, told me last month,” Crothers reports. “Alexander told me: ‘Production started in the second calendar quarter on refreshes of the 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro [and] the 13.3-inch MacBook Air.'”
“Macotakara says that the 11-inch version of the MacBook Air will be discontinued. Possibly because that market need is already met by the super-svelte 12-inch MacBook,” Crothers reports. “The Japanese site adds that there will be USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 port ‘support,’ thereby eliminating the traditional USB-A connector. ”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Depending on how much the MacBook Pro tempts – and we expect it to be nearly irresistible – with out beloved 11-inch MacBook Airs biting the dust, it’s looking like 12-inch MacBooks are going into our backpacks along with our 12.9-inch MacBook Pro units. Both together weigh less than the 17-inch MacBook Pros we used to carry (one computer on the road and on the desktop) before we bifurcated to small and light on the road (11-inch MacBook Airs / 9.7-inch iPad Airs) and big and brawny on the desktop (27-inch iMacs, loaded). We’ll wait to see just how much we’re tempted by the MacBook Pros first, though.
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As new MacBook Pro models loom, Apple issues fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 – October 11, 2016
Thoughts on Apple’s MacBook Pro OLED touch strip – August 11, 2016
Apple preps all-new MacBook Pro line with OLED touch strip and more – August 10, 2016
Apple’s new MacBook Pro expected to feature OLED touch-panel, Touch ID power button – August 8, 2016
Next-gen MacBook Pro could feature Touch ID power button – June 28, 2016
Leaked photos pretty much confirm 2016 MacBook Pro’s OLED touchpad – June 1, 2016
Thinner, lighter 2016 MacBook Pro may feature OLED display touch bar and Touch ID – May 24, 2016
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Tom R.” for the heads up.]