Apple to unveil new, ultra-thin 13- and 15-inch MacBooks by July, sources say

“With Apple’s new ultra-thin 13- and 15-inch MacBooks to start shipping at the end of the second quarter, notebook brand vendors such as Asustek Computer, Dell and Lenovo have also prepared new ultra-thin notebooks for launch around the same time,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes citing “sources from the upstream supply chain.”

“The two new MacBooks share a design similar to the existing 12-inch MacBook,” Lee and Tsai report, “but thinner than existing MacBook Air.”

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MacDailyNews Take: New MacBook Pro models with MacBook Air-like thinness?

Regardless, we’ll be going with the most portable Mac (smallest size and lowest weight) that Apple offers to replace our beloved 11-inch MacBook Air units.

16 Comments

    1. Yep. For my purposes the MacBook is plenty thin enough (and my MB Pro is a 2013 15″ model). I don’t really have a problem with battery life either. Just make it run faster and cooler. That would make me happy. Oh…and maybe add atmospheric inductive charging so I never need to plug it in. That’s it. Thank you for listening.

  1. If you’re using an Intel chip, you’re getting Vampire Video. Even if you also have a discrete chip, you must include Intel’s solution. This has been the case ever since Nvidia made a chipset for Apple that the only thing Intel on it was the CPU. Intel quickly realized they didn’t like that vision of the future, so they required their video solution. If this wasn’t the case, all low end products would have had Intel CPU’s and AMD or Nvidia GPU’s.

    At this point, since Intel’s solution takes up space that COULD be used for a discrete chip, most companies just go with Intel’s solution under a certain size.

    1. I just recently put a 1 Tb SSD in my 2011 17″ MBP, and it flies again, so it’ll last me another couple years at least. After that… we’ll see whether I stick around. Nothing Apple has released recently has even piqued my interest. The opposite, in fact. I want more screen real estate, dang it, not more pixels!

  2. I’m still happy with my 15″ MacBook Pro with 4-core i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM and 500 GB SSD. It’s a great work horse.

    But I might consider an upgrade to a new MacBook Pro that had at least the CPU speed plus longer battery life, 32 GB RAM and a larger SSD. I wouldn’t want to give up multiple USB 3 ports just for thinness, though. On travel, I want at least two of them and don’t want to mess with carrying around a hub gadget.

    There are times when I could use more than 16 GB RAM. And my SSD doesn’t have a lot of storage space left, and I keep adding files so will soon need room for growth.

    As my work computer, I need power more than thinness. Hope Apple doesn’t compromise the MacBook Pro. I’ve got an iMac, but prefer being able to move my work environment around (including travel) without having to worry about syncing files, etc.

    1. Given the trends I think the only “Pro” thing about the new thin Macbooks will be an extra USB-C port or two. They could make a 15-inch Macbook Air, but it’s inevitable that they’ll go all the way to shave off a few more mm and get rid of most ports. I hope that the new 13-inch is at least a smaller footprint with narrower bezels, though I would prefer a 14-inch screen.

    1. >2 years assuming about the same life cycle as the 9.7″ iPads. Look at the iPad timeline on MacRumors. The iPad Air 2 has been made since Oct 2014 without any updates and will overlap the production of the 9.7″ iPad Pro.

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