What to expect for Apple’s MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini

“Along with the new Home button-free iPad Pro, we expect at least three new Macs to be revealed at Apple’s October 30th event,” Jeff Benjamin writes for 9to5Mac. “Perhaps most anticipated is the long-rumored replacement for the current $999 MacBook Air, Apple’s decidedly entry level Mac.”

“We expect the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook lines to converge with the release of Apple’s new entry level machine,” Benjamin writes. “It will likely feature a build that’s more similar to the 12-inch MacBook than the 13-inch MacBook Air it’s intended to supplant.”

“Along with the new MacBook Air replacement, we expect new iMacs and a new Mac mini. Both machines are rumored to come equipped with processor spec upgrades, but the Mac mini in particular may see additional design changes as it focuses more on the professional user base,” Benjamin writes. “It’s also possible that Apple’s new desktop machines will include the company’s T2 chip, which can be currently found in the iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro.”

 
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MacDailyNews Take: We cannot wait to see this professionally-focused Mac mini! This is going to be a jam-packed event; just four days to go!

22 Comments

  1. The education market is lacking a MacBook right now . . . . I hope that’s a consideration with whatever the entry level model is. I think Apple’s general insinuation that everything in education ought to go the way of the iPad is wrong . . . many schools want a product that is suitable for typing on that doesn’t have to come in several parts (such as a third-party keyboard and case to pull it off). The MacBook Air has had to become the go-to for schools since the end of the white polycarbonate MacBooks circa 2010 or 2011 . . . . If they could get a machine to market in the $699-799 range that has 256 gig HD, a retina level display and at least two USB ports and a Thunderbolt port that would be ideal. I’m not holding my breath, but if they want to fight off the horde of Chromebooks in districts now they need an answer at least for the schools willing to pay. I don’t know the current lineup really offers anything an IT person even in an Apple environment can really sell to a board of education. Please, please don’t cede that market! It’s too damned important.

    1. I don’t think they want to fight off the horde of Chromebooks any more than they want to fight off the hordes of $299 bargain basement phones. They make products that they can sell for profit for people who are willing to pay that much for the product. There are some school districts they can afford it, (those would probably be the school districts that still have art and music classes) and those that can’t.

      “really sell to a board of education”
      The school board just wants sufficiently large enough kick back or “free” stuff like the kinds Microsoft and other companies give away with support contracts 🙂

      1. You are right about the price issue but midwestmac is ALSO right that the market is too important to give up. You need to train new users to Apple.

        My thoughts:
        A budget Mac might be good for college students but for grade and high school I think Apple needs to come up with an inexpensive ‘A’ chip Book device (Midwestmac is right about keyboards and many schools don’t want iPads).

        This new category can come with an OSX variant like iOS is a variant and only for schools so it won’t cannibalize Macs. It can be a bit more expensive than Chromebooks due to better build quality but can’t be many hundreds more per device like MacBooks.

        There are hundreds of millions of students around the world, the market is huge. And training new Apple fans, like I mentioned, is important.

        1. Nice idea bit I really can’t see how they could produce such a limited market machine cheaper than a MacBook. Additionally an A class Mac should be something to launch to the World surely not class it as a niche product only fit for schools which however won’t quite be like the systems they use once they leave school. Sounds like a Cook sized disaster in the making to me and a lost opportunity. An A class ‘Mac’ for everyone (at the low end to start) is on the other hand something that should be possible to sell at a Decent price/profit and offer a vision of the future in and out of education.

        2. Why is “the market is too important to give up”? They could give up the entire market tomorrow and kids may be using Chromebooks in the classroom, but most all will have iPhones in their pockets. School hasn’t been a child’s first exposure to tech in a LONG time. AND whatever tech you use in school won’t be what’s being used when you enter the job market, so there’s little “training” value.

        3. Totally agree, Davewrite. Apple should not surrender this important market to cheap Chromebooks. Important to introduce students to Apple branding and ease of use at a young age has the life customer potential.

          As many know, Apple released an education Mac (eMac) in 2002 that ran OSX. Featuring computer grade internal specs low as $799 shipped with a keyboard and mouse. Surprised it was discontinued a few years later.

          If they designed a similar configured laptop with smaller screen running OSX it would save costs on not providing an external keyboard, mouse and shipping. Presumably bringing down cost hundreds of dollars.

          I am amused at the Apple apologist and fanboy posts that come up with many unusual reasons and excuses why not to do it.

          Bottom line: They did it before and with all their design skills, resources, cash pile, computer experience — absolutely no reason they could not do it even better today. Drop the greed high profit margins for ONCE and either break even or make a small modest profit. It is an important investment in future sales. After all, it’s for the CHILDREN!…

          https://everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/specs/emac_1.25.html

          1. “Apple branding and ease of use at a young age”
            It’s called an “iPad”, the hand me down one they’ve been using since they were two. Or the second hand iPhone they keep in their backpack for emergencies (and FortNite). Any kid not fortunate enough to have used Apple products before first grade will be enlightened by their peers.

            1. GoeB: “Apple branding and ease of use at a young age”

              “It’s called an “iPad”

              You keep posting this FALSE MEME over and over ad nauseam. Have you read what the pros here post or do you close your eyes.

              For the last time and then I’m done — the iPad is a wonderful Media consumption device. Not a serious computer, more like a high tech toy with very lite computing abilities.

              All serious high end work for any number of professions i won’t laundry list is accomplished on the Mac and PC Pro trucks. The earlier children get started on a REAL computer, the better prepared they will be later in life.

              Sorry, know you don’t like it and will never get beyond one quote to accept it for what it is. You can’t change reality with words in a post. Pros rule and know better than you to be frank… 🤔

            2. You wrote “Apple branding and ease of use”, so I was talking about Apple’s easiest to use products. What you obviously MEANT was macOS branding, specifically.

              “Have you read what the pros here post”
              Ummm, pros are related to what school kids use….. how? Pro’s today started with Apple II’s or a version of Windows in NO way related to what they use to do their work now. Most Pro’s today would tell you that the machine they use for work is related to what they WANT to use, NOT what underpowered/donated trash they had access to when they were 10!

              “the iPad is a wonderful Media consumption device”
              Which, amazingly enough, is what kids in grade school are doing, consuming various media. You don’t need a Mac, low end or otherwise, for that.

              “all serious high end work”
              Which is… totally what… umm, what a third grader would be working on?

              “The earlier children get started on a REAL computer”
              How about access to the real Mac or PC that they have at home? Children today are growing up in homes with multiple computers, the ONLY thing they need a computing device at school for is for running “Mitzi’s Math Adventure” or whatever educational media they are consuming… hmm, there’s media consumption again, that iPads are better suited for than Macs.

              So, your point of view is a Mac for every purpose, INCLUDING media consumption?

            3. Wow. Talk about a volume of ridiculous snide hypotheticals that do not address the issue whatsoever. Your last statement illustrates my point perfectly. I have no time for games and have better things to do…

    2. Excellent points and fully agree with your support for the education market. It amazes me Apple has nearly abandoned this important market, and yes, iPads simply don’t cut it.

      No reason in the world not to design an eBook laptop to modernize and update the eMac released in 2002 specifically targeted to the education market.

      The ideal price would be $599 or less to compete directly with Chromebooks. Game over, man!

      More than $599 will move the needle, but who knows how much because of Apple’s reputation as more expensive. Education market is frugal in more areas of the country, than not.

      Apple has more than enough resources to accomplish with EASE. Accept lower profit margins and ignore the howling of beancounters. If Google can do it, hello? They are not in Apple’s league.

      Bottom line: They just lack the vision and will…

  2. I may buy a Mac Mini for some side work usefulness (a third station) while getting a new Mac Pro next year OR PC Workstation depending if Apple nails it or just nails it shut once and for all by failing us again. (Apple should not go out of it’s way to over-clever itself right of the the pro market. Idiots.)

      1. Yes but was it so nice they will do it twice? (In a row.) One hopes they would learn by their mistakes but yes I’m not hopeful any longer. If my need was super-urgent right now I would not be waiting to see what they have wrought next year but instead finalize my order for that PC Workstation. An upgraded 2010 Mac Pro will see me through until then.

          1. This was my partners machine which I absconded with temporarily. Added 64Gb RAM, Nvidia GTX 1080 card, PCIE SSD card and 4 internal 6Tb HD RAID 5 (via SoftRAID). I have been working in 4K but right now and for the next 4-6 months I am upgrading an older feature film project that was shot in HD in order to upgrade some of the VFX in it. Would have been nice to go with an even more powerful GPU but this one is adequate and a more powerful card in these old machines means re-routing additional power to it. Bought the card from macvidcards.com. Yes for video editing, graphics, audio and VFX. Essentially post stuff.

            1. Certainly enough for now but I have been antsy to get a new Mac Pro for a long time. It’s as though the 2013 Mac Pro never existed as far as I’m concerned. Apple has left a couple upgrade cycles on the table for many pros. If you sell it (and it’s worthy) they will come, and they will buy. Let’s hope it’s not prolonged and lamely available on Dec. 31st, 2019.

            2. Now that’s what I like to hear! A serious pro with max equipment.

              Unfortunately, some clueless souls here that are often wrong again and again mistakenly believe an iPad will replace our power workstations. I always feel sorry for ignorance.

              That said, I’m with you, Peter. Will give Apple a little more time to atone for their pro sins…

  3. I’m not awaiting a new Mac laptop- my MacBook Pro 13 Retina (w/o Gizmo bar) is doing just fine. My iPad Pro 13 is also doing quite well and the home button works just fine.

    Now about the Mac mini.
    1- Please do not screw this up.
    2- Please allow BTO models.
    3- Please do not seal it shut.

  4. What can they do to the Mac Mini? They can cripple it more by going from two processors to one. Maybe soldering the hard drive in too.

    OK, got expectations set, Apple should do better.

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