Apple is rumoured to refresh its entire MacBook line-up at WWDC 2017 next month
Apple is poised to refresh its entire MacBook line-up, sources have claimed.
The Cupertino-based company is expected to unveil a bumper crop of new laptops at its annual developer conference.
The World Wide Developers Conference, WWDC, hasn't seen a new hardware launch for some four years, but sources speaking to Bloomberg believe that could be about to change.
Sources speaking to the publication claim Apple will upgrade its razor-thin 12-inch MacBook with a "faster Intel chip", most likely the Y-series Core i5 and i7 CPUs.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro – which was first unveiled some six months ago, on October 27th 2016 – is also rumoured to get a processor bump.
The 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros will purportedly be bumped to Intel's seventh-generation Core (dubbed Kaby Lake) with little external changes to the hardware.
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Apple is also rumoured to upgrade the MacBook Air.
That's a surprise, since many believed the laptop was living on borrowed time and would soon be dropped from the company's product line-up entirely.
Speaking to Bloomberg, one of the insiders claimed Apple had "considered" updating the 13-inch Air with a new processor in response to sales of the ageing machine, which continue to be "surprisingly strong".
There's no mention of a Retina Display or other dramatic hardware shake-ups, which is not surprising.
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Apple clearly wants customers to think of the 13-inch MacBook Pro as the true successor to the MacBook Air, which has almost reached the end of its lifecycle.
WWDC could see Apple introduce a processor bump across its MacBook range
It's clear that if the rumours are true, the update to the MacBook Air would be a maintenance update and not a substantial hardware overhaul.
But still, it means those who decide to opt for a MacBook Air this summer would not be buying a £949 laptop that hasn't seen a refresh since March 2015.
Although the 12-inch MacBook would likely fit the needs of most MacBook Air customers – the £300 price difference and lack of USB-A ports and SD card reader might understandably put off a number of potential buyers.
Elsewhere, Apple will likely preview the next versions of its major operating systems, including iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS.
Apple is not expected to change the hardware of its 12-inch MacBook
It has been suggested Apple could unveil an Amazon Echo rival at its conference as well.
Bloomberg recently reported that some key Apple employees have already been testing this new device inside their homes for several months.
This Siri-powered speaker would likely to go on sale as a premium product and include a much higher price than the Echo.
Making the announcement at WWDC would make sense for Apple as it would give the company time to enlist developers to build applications for the new device.
WWDC 2017 will take place next month in San Jose, California
Apple already owns headphone and speaker brand, Beats, plus millions of people now subscribe to Apple Music making this an easy win for the technology firm
Along with this speaker there's a chance we may see a new iPad launched next month.
Apple's World Wide Developers Conference runs from June 5th to 9th in San Jose, California.