New MacBooks expected to be revealed at Apple developers conference

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

According to the report, Apple will announce three new laptops: The MacBook Pro will get a quicker processor, as will the 12-inch MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Air.

Less certain is the MacBook Air's future: the computer that in large part ushered in the ultrabook era is still selling surprisingly well, but Apple seems hesitant to update it.

The Mac lineup generates just 11% of the Cupertino, California-based company's $216 billion in annual sales, with the iPhone accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total.

Apple may be rethinking that suggestion, with Bloomberg reporting that the company has considered putting a new processor in the Air. This month, Microsoft Corp. debuted the Surface Laptop, which boots up in seconds, has a touch screen and runs on a more stable version of Windows. At last October's MacBook Pro unveiling, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said the new touch-enabled portable is better than the Air "in every way", and implied that Air users looking to replace their laptop should go with the new Pro. A 12-inch MacBook powered by a faster Intel chip is being worked out.

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For the past few years, Apple's developers conferences haven't seen the company launch new hardware.

In 2015, the MacBook Air last received its latest chip upgrade which makes this particular announcement a major one for the company.

Apple will reportedly announce an update to its lineup of laptops at its annual developer conference, known as WWDC, in June.

Mac World reported that the new laptops won't have any design changes as the updates are speed bumps. In addition to the new Macs this year, Apple will likely announce an upgraded version of the macOS operating system.

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