The last update to the MacBook Pro line was back in October of 2016. Now that we’re approaching a year since its release, Apple has announced its plans for a Pro Retina refresh set for 2018. Not much is known about the forthcoming model, but we’ll do our best to suss out what’s fact from fiction.
For one thing, this redesign is totally separate from the smaller updates we’re expecting sometime this year. These upgrades aren’t much to write about, though there is a change in price expected for the current models. The bigger, more impressive transformation will be reserved for 2018.
2018 will mark 5 years since the very first Pro was launched, a point of contention for many Pro fans. Though there were a few tweaks in the line, there haven’t been many major updates to the MacBook. It’s a point for which Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, wants to apologize. He’s recently gone on the record stating, “if we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that… and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it.”
Some say this “great” thing won’t be a MacBook at all. There are rumors circulating on the web that suggest Apple intends to focus on their iPhones, as these devices make up a significant part of their sales. Before he died, Steve Jobs predicted that the need for desktops would slowly die out in the future. To be fair, however, this post-PC future he envisioned isn’t coming any time soon.
Far more people believe Schiller and that what’s to come will come in the package of a Pro Retina. Beyond that, there isn’t much to go on. Some speculate that processors will switch from Skylake chips to Kaby Lake, which relies on 14nm process tech.
But with the recent leaks suggesting the iPhone 8 having 10nm processing, the rumors around a completely Apple built processor aren’t as unrealistic as they once were. In order to power the 2016’s infamous Touch Bar, Apple created an in-house ARM-based Mac chip. 2018 could be the year that the company architects the Pro’s entire processor on their own. Improved nanometer would spell for an efficient and powerful CPU performance.
Unfortunately, there’s just no way to confirm any of these scant rumors. With over a year away from the tentative release date, we’ve got a lot of time to ruminate over these leaks. We’re also in store for a lot more details to be revealed the closer we get to 2018. Until then, we’re stuck with the current vintage. If yours has seen better days, the new line is will be a long time coming, but you’re in luck. The designers at dbrand have a vinyl skin for every MacBook generation. These MacBook skins apply easily to the chassis and touch pad, hiding any cosmetic damages ruining its good looks. You can design a custom skin by choosing your model at dbrand.com/macbook-skins and tinkering with their skin building application. It can take on your choice of color or texture while protecting it from any new scratches, spills, or grime build up.
A lot can happen in over a year, and you never know what you or your Pro will face. Of course, you won’t know what’s in store for the 2018 Pro Retina either, but that’s part of the fun. Keep checking back to see if any more leaks have surfaced and rumors have been debunked. We have over 12 months to figure out what we can expect from Apple.