Apple MacBook Pro (2018): Release date, rumours, specs, price and latest news
Ahead of Apple’s WWDC 2018 presentation – which might provide a venue for a hardware announcement – here’s a run-down of all the rumours currently doing the rounds about a potential new MacBook Pro for 2018.
The Apple MacBook Pro had its first major update in ages at the end of 2016 with the impressive 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro. There was a refreshed MacBook in 2017, yet rumours suggest that Apple is set to roll out another update for the new MacBook Pro in 2018.
This could prove to be a quiet specs refresh, or a complete design overhaul, so read on to find out if 2018 is going to be the year you upgrade to a new MacBook Pro. Note that all the images featured here are strictly concept designs and come to us via Daniel Brunsteiner and Yanko Design. From concept designs to leaked specs, everything you need to know about the next MacBook Pro is all here.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Rumours: Latest updates, leaks and photos
To start with we have to assess what a new MacBook is. There is a major overhaul – which means a whole new design. Then there’s a simple updated new model – with faster chips and better battery life. Current supply chain rumours point towards an update rather than a complete overhaul.
Hit and miss rumours from Digitimes are a given so take this with a pinch of salt. The company says: “Since Apple has not had a major upgrade to its MacBook product line since the releases of its new MacBook Pro devices at the end of 2016 and has no plan for one in 2018, the US-based vendor is planning to shift orders for models that are already in mass production to Foxconn to save costs and reduce risks.”
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Apple is at the heart of the design world both as a provider of tools to create designs as well as a design focused manufacturer. So it’s no surprise that this world has given us a good few high-quality concepts of what the next MacBook Pro could look like.
In the image above, designer Daniel Brunsteiner has taken the idea of the Touch Bar and brought it to a whole new level. In fact he’s quite literally spread the idea – right across the laptop. In his concept designs we can see a MacBook Pro that features a touch panel instead of a keyboard.
The knee-jerk reaction to this might be anger – but remember when phones moved from keyboard to touch? It only took a few short years for the design to completely take over, to the extent that even BlackBerry is finally going the way of touch.
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The great thing about Apple doing this would be the ability to integrate its Taptic Engine for feedback. The result could be a touch keyboard that feels almost like the real thing. As you can see from the image it could also mean the use of Apple’s Pencil stylus, making it a great mobile design platform for image, video and 3D model creation and manipulation.
So far this is just a fan-made concept, but a recent patent from Apple suggests that it’s an idea the company is seriously considering, with a dual-display design consisting of two OLED panels. However, just because a patent has been granted doesn’t mean that this concept is at all close to being released, and we’re not convinced it would even be ready for the 2018 range.
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Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Release Date: When will the new 2018 MacBook Pro come out?
The last MacBook Pro, which was an incremental update, was released after the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June 2017.
Before that was the major overhaul with the Touch Bar addition which came in October 2016. So in 2018 we can likely expect an incremental model update in June or a more comprehensive update later in the year.
As of this writing just before WWDC 2018 kicks off, our bet is currently on a reveal later in the year.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Design and Display: What will the new MacBook Pro look like?
In all likelihood Apple will stick to the current design closely, even if there is a change. Perhaps the Touch Bar will get Taptic Engine feedback, perhaps that keyboard will be swapped out for a touch screen. But we’re betting that the company will play it safe with the new MacBook Pro.
Recent years have seen the addition of new colour schemes to the lineup, with Rose Gold added last year and gold introduced with the original. Perhaps we will see a Jet Black MacBook Pro arrive for 2018.
Could that screen get a 4K upgrade? It’s a possibility with the current MacBook Pro offering 2560 x 1600 resolution on its 13.3-inch screen and 2880 x 1800 on the 15.4-inch model. While Apple claims these screens are DCI P3 for colours, some tests revealed they top out at just 91 percent of the colour space actually displayed. An improvement here could also be welcome for those HDR movies, video and picture editing and beyond.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Specs and Features: What’s new?
While we could see that new touch screen keyboard, it’s more likely we’ll get upgraded processors. In 2017 we got the upgrade to Intel Kaby Lake processing so in 2018 we may get to see MacBook Pro units running on the latest 8th generation Intel Coffee Lake processors.
If Apple does go for Coffee Lake that will mean faster memory speeds, a higher number of cores per processor and updated Thunderbolt and USB support.
Apple is also expected to update its T1 co-processor for the Macbook Pro 2018 which will mean we could see a system that uses this chip for low-power needs. This could mean a better battery life for this year’s models.
Either way expect to find the same four USB 3 / Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro as in the 2017 model.
We’ve also got our fingers crossed for some kind of Face ID implementation on the new MacBook Pro, similar to what we’ve seen in the iPhone X. Yes, it would require an update to the front-facing camera, but the convenience it would add would be make it more than worthwhile. Rumours suggest the technology might be coming to the next iPad Pro, and we think that means the MacBook Pro can’t be far behind.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Price: How much will the new MacBook Pro cost?
The current pricing of the Apple MacBook Pro starts at £1,249 for the basic model. A MacBook Pro equipped with a Touch Bar, these start at £1,749.
For the MacBook Pro 2018 expect to pay at least the same amount. Perhaps Apple will do away with the model that doesn’t have the Touch Bar and simply sell the higher priced models, with new chips, in 2018.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Summary: What to expect
Here’s a quick summary of what to expect based on rumours so far.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Release Date: There are two events when a new MacBook could be announced. We might see it at WWDC, or else in September when the company announces its 2018 phones.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Design, Specs and Features: There may be a touchscreen instead of a keyboard but more likely an updated Intel processor, updated Apple coprocessor, maybe a 4K screen and potentially only Touch Bar models.
Apple MacBook Pro 2018 Price: If there is only a Touch Bar MacBook Pro in 2018 expect to pay upwards of £1749.
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