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Apple is expected to revamp the rest of its notebook lineup around ultra-thin MacBook models later this summer, which poses questions regarding the future of the existing MacBook Air lineup as Apple’s thinnest notebooks. In a new report Friday, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes cited local component makers as saying that they are starting to see increasing competition for related component orders ahead of a rumored launch of “new ultra-thin MacBooks in the second half of 2016.”

“To achieve an ultra-thin design, Apple’s new MacBooks adopt metal injection molding-made (MIM) hinges,” reads the article. Metal injection molding results in much smaller and more precise components than the traditional metal production techniques, an important feat for ultra-thin devices like Apple’s notebooks where space is at premium.

Existing Apple supplier Amphenol will reportedly supply these hinges and is likely to take some orders away from existing partners Shin Zu Shing and Jarllytec. Amphenol also produces special hinges for Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet/notebook hybrid.

Taiwanese companies Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology are competing for battery pack orders for the new notebooks with China-based Desay and Sunwoda Electronics, both of which have sent battery samples to Apple for testing.

Conventional wisdom has it that the forthcoming Apple notebooks will utilize Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C, the latter having made its debut in Apple products on the 12-inch MacBook Air, and run Intel’s refreshed Skylake platform.

Source: DigiTimes

  • askep3

    I think that they are just going to re create the MacBook lineup. They could just take out the air, since the MacBook is the new thin. Then they could have MacBook, and MacBook Pro, just like the iPad and iPad Pro.

    • Marcus

      iPad Air exists.

      • askep3

        Tru haha, but don’t you think once the processors catch up (and hopefully the port issue lol) it will be useless?

      • Marcus

        I want that to happen because I already think iPad Air’s are sort of useless. However, Apple is obsessed with ultra-thin products, so it might stay around much longer than needed.

      • askep3

        And yeah if the 9.7 iPad Pro was $100 cheaper that would be so great, but even at this price it’s not bad, and since they dropped the price on the iPad Air it’s pretty great, I know so many people who go for the cheapest iPad mini since they don’t care about the faster speeds and stuff.

      • Marcus

        Yeah so do I. I think a lot of people on this forum like the faster speeds though because of jailbreaking.

      • askep3

        That’s true, but then again, the only people on this website are people who actually care enough about Apple and their products to be even reading this haha. We are a minority. I mean come on, there are a billion people using apples devices or iOS devices idk, most of those people don’t care, and much less even know about most of these things, they just care about social media and cameras haha.

  • Marcus

    I don’t understand why ultra-thin MacBooks are in such high demand… I would much rather have an epic performance MacBook Pro that is somewhere between half an inch and an inch thick. Maybe that’s just me though.

    • askep3

      The way I look at it, a MacBook Pro, even the top of the line model is never going to replace a desktop computer, with a graphics card and everything, on top of that said MacBook Pro will be like $3000.

      For me, I’d like a powerful desktop for the real processing like video editing and gaming, and have a ultra portable device just for typing, web browsing, and watching videos. And with cloud computing I can even connect to my desktop computer from my portable computer and use its power, no need to carry around a compromise laptop.

      • Marcus

        Right now that is basically the route that you would have to take. It would be nice if there was an option to have like a really powerful MacBook Pro though that could replace an iMac.

        Lol we can literally go to other planets, but Apple can’t figure that out. One can dream!!

      • askep3

        XD, but yeah it would be great to have an ultra powerful MacBook Pro, but it would be $5000 and still not compete with a $1500 desktop, I mean with the apple tax and everything the graphics card won’t even be that powerful, and I don’t even want that much power in portable device

      • Marcus

        You’re definitely right about the price. I’d be willing to spend a few thousand dollars on a great MacBook Pro though. I have a Fall 2011 MacBook Pro now and I plan on getting a new one next year. I’ll probably spend well over 2k.

      • askep3

        I’m looking to get the second gen retina MacBook, since I have a powerful home Windows pc, and have no need for portable power, I’ll only get it if it’s good though (way better processor, more ports or at least a better solution for it, and cheaper hopefully).

      • Marcus

        Yeah that would make sense. I want my next MacBook to have 16GB of RAM and a decent processor. Three USB ports would be really nice too.

      • askep3

        That sounds perfect XD
        Personally I don’t care about the ports, and I’m fine with the current model, but the next Intel generation is said to be really good, so that’s mainly what I care about. In my previous comment I said more ports would be great but I mainly said that for most people, and as a way to future proof it for myself.

        Edit: I don’t use USB or SD cards anyways, that’s why I don’t care.