Apple may be readying to launch a major refresh of its line of Mac laptop and desktop computers.
Specifically, Apple would release one new Mac desktop and two new MacBooks.
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Apple could be readying to release three new Mac models by the end of 2018 that feature its own custom-made processors. It would release two new Mac laptops and one Mac desktop
The company has brought its custom chips to the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and other devices, but it has been slow to introduce its in-house co-processors to the Mac.
Apple in 2016 began building its custom T1 chip into high-end MacBook Pro models to power its Touch Bar and Touch ID technologies.
The Touch Bar is an organic LED touch screen that replaces the function keys on some MacBook models.
Apple added its second-generation custom processor, the T2, to its iMac Pro last year.
Apple could be refreshing its line of MacBook Pro laptops just as it intends to kill off another flagship device. The company could reportedly kill off its lightweight MacBook Air in 2018
IS APPLE PLANNING TO RELEASE THREE NEW MACS IN 2018?
Apple is reportedly prepping to launch three new Mac devices in 2018
The devices would all include Apple’s custom-made processors
That would mark a major departure from Apple’s previous devices, which included Intel chips
The tech giant has been gradually adding its custom processors to its entire range of devices, including the:
- Apple Watch
- Some prior Mac devices
Industry watchers expect Apple to build the entire CPU in its devices, but long-standing agreements with chipmakers Intel and Qualcomm could make that difficult
The T2 controls the boot process, audio and camera processing, as well as encryption.
Industry watchers believe it won’t be long before Apple designs the entire central processing unit, Bloomberg noted.
If that happens, chip giant Intel would lose its fifth-largest customer.
Apple is also embroiled in a complicated legal fight with Intel’s rival chipmaker, Qualcomm, after it alleged that Qualcomm was collecting unfair royalties for ‘technologies they have nothing to do with.’
Qualcomm supplies modem chips for Apple’s flagship iPhone devices.
Simply put, Apple would have plenty of reasons to work toward putting its own, custom-made chips in each and every one of its devices.
Being able to rely on its own chips would give Apple greater control over its supply chain, while allowing it to further differentiate its products from competitors.
Apple’s custom processors already outperform many of its rivals, but it’s unlikely that the tech giant could just quit using Intel’s chips anytime soon, the Verge noted.
Additionally, as Apple spruces up its line of Macs, the company has reportedly considered killing off another mainstay laptop.
Apple introduced its custom T1 and T2 chips into higher-end models of the MacBook Pro and the iMac Pro, respectively, over the last few years. It may be added to more Macs in the future
The company may be preparing to shutter the MacBook Air, a little over ten years after the device was first released.
In its place, Apple would release a brand new, 13-inch laptop toward the end of 2018.
Apple discreetly discontinued the 11-inch version of the MacBook Air in 2016 at the same time that it announced two new, 13-inch MacBook Pro models.
If Apple is truly planning to release two new MacBook models, then it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see it discontinue the 13-inch MacBook Air.