DigiTimes: ultra-thin 13 and 15-inch MacBooks coming this summer

By , Mar 22, 2016

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DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication, cited upstream supply chain sources in a report this morning as saying that Apple will ship a pair of all-new “ultra-thin” MacBook models with thirteen and fifteen-inch screens at the end of the second quarter of this year.

If true, Apple could allocate some stage time to these new MacBooks at its summer conference for developers, which is yet to be formally announced. According to the report, the new 13 and 15-inch MacBooks share a design similar to the existing 12-inch MacBook and are “thinner than the existing MacBook Air”.

In the calendar 2015, 20.38 million Macs were moved, a 4.08 percent year-over-year increase. The rumored ultra-thin MacBooks should help Apple grow Mac sales further.

Asustek, Dell and Lenovo have also prepared ultra-thin notebooks for launch around the same time, “hoping to catch up with the trend” that Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook started last year.

If yesterday’s introduction of the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is anything to go by, these new MacBooks should share much of the internals with the only major differentiator being the screen size.

Source: DigiTimes

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  • Feivl

    Does anyone know if I can hope for a Retina-Version of MacBook Air this year?

    • Blip dude

      Thing is though, I believe that these new gen MacBooks are supposed to eventually phase out the MacBook Air, once Apple makes them more “affordable.” I do think the MacBook Air will get another update at WWDC, but who knows after that.

      • Andres

        I agree, I think this new gen of MacBooks is in the making and Apple is testing the market with the new macbook. Apple could be trying to simplify the macbook lineup by improving the ultra thin MacBook with screen size options and eventually phasing out the Macbook Air. Keeping the new macbook in its place. One day Apple would just have the MacBook and MacBook Pro in its lineup.

      • Matt

        I see your point, but the problem with these MacBook’s is that they essentially run a mobile processor (Intel Core M). The benefits of course are ability to have the computer be fan-less and thin, but in sacrifice for performance. The MacBook throttles when it heats up where as this would not be an issue with an Air which is a much more powerful computer than the MacBook. So I don’t think Apple will be killing off the Air anytime soon. I believe there have been rumors where Apple might be ditching Intel and start using their own processors (not a good idea IMO), but when they do that, that may be when they kill of the MacBook Air.

      • Jack Wong

        I don’t think it is just about the price, I need at least 2 usb standard onboard ports…

        I don’t get any benefit from the size and weight between Macbook and Macbook Air.

  • chemi

    15″ 4k 16GB 512GB SSD macbook as thin as the new macbook please!

    • Jack Wong

      Back to PC vs Mac again, the PC always has better price too…

  • Manuel Molina

    Why do we get news or report from hit or miss websites if the site questions DigiTimes? It is hit or miss so why report it