This year’s WWDC event could prove to be as much about hardware as it is software if new rumors and analyst predictions come true. With a possible MacBook Pro Upgrade, Siri Speaker, and even a new iPad Pro on the way. Let’s take a look at what is being said.
WWDC MacBook Pro Upgrade And More
According to Bloomberg, the inclusion of a MacBook Pro upgrade is as near to 100% certain as is possible, without Apple saying so. In fact, this new 12-inch Pro could be accompanied by a new MacBook Air too.
On this matter Bloomberg reports:
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“Apple is planning three new laptops, according to people familiar with the matter. The MacBook Pro will get a faster Kaby Lake processor from Intel Corp., said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning. Apple is also working on a new version of the 12-inch MacBook with a faster Intel chip. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop, Apple’s cheapest, remain surprisingly strong, one of the people said.”
What Could This Pro Upgrade Offer?
Earlier this year, when pressed about what he thought a new MacBook Pro would offer. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested many upgrades. Of which the inclusion of the Intel Kaby Lake CPU and even a possible 32GB of RAM would be but a few.
As for why yet another upgrade, so soon after the last? Apparently the design of the Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro has come in for some negative feedback. Perhaps that is good enough reason for Apple to knock out another version quickly. However, will it’s recently included Core M processor need to be replaced so soon? Surely, users have not complained by its performance; the MacBook Pro Upgrade, if there is one, would see this replaced just over a year after it was included.
Other Possible Announcements
In addition to the 12-inch Mac, the 13-inch MacBook Air could also be updated, which would be the first time for a while. Recently, Apple released the Pro without a Touch Bar, touting it as an Air, but at a lower price.
Additional rumors and reports point toward a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and a Siri Speaker finding their way to the WWDC. However, information about the validity of this is thin on the ground, so take it with a pinch of salt. As for what is almost certainly going to be announced, is the usual software line-up.
This year we will probably see, iOS 11, watchOS 4,macOS 10.13, and tvOS 11. However, Apple itself has publicly announced that hardware will be announced later this year, which includes iMacs and a new display. The only doubt about these is when we will see them. Will it be at the WWDC or later?
Fingers crossed we see an iPhone 8 announcement, as it too has been rumored to be making an appearance.
Now, if you have little patience, fortunately, there’s not long to go until Apple reveals all. The WWDC begins on the 5th of June, and we will keep you updated with everything that happens.