Close enough to this morning's Microsoft event that I'm still humming the Willy Wonka Pure Imagination cover from the Surface Studio ad, Apple will at 4AM show the world its own take on what the future of personal computing is. Whether that's a new MacBook or iMac, or something new, nobody knows — yet. And here's where we're going to be strapped in, eyes clamped open, along for the ride.
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Hot on the heels of the Microsoft Surface Studio all-in-one, Apple has brand new MacBooks to introduce to the world in the bleary-eyed early hours of tomorrow morning. We've already had a pretty good look at what they might look like and what they might do, but as is Apple tradition, we're also excited for that one more thing.
Apple is supposed to release the brand new MacBook Pro at a big event Thursday, but it looks like images of the MacBook got out early. The source? Apple.
The last major update to the MacBook Pro was in 2012. Sure, it's had incremental upgrades like a higher-res Retina display and the Force Touch haptic trackpad since then, but we've been waiting a long time for something new. (We've been waiting even longer for a new MacBook Air.) It seems all but certain, though, that Apple will hold an event on October 28th Australian time to introduce the world to a new, high-tech MacBook Pro — possibly with a set of function keys that are also full-colour touchscreens.
Twenty-seven years ago yesterday, Apple introduced its first battery-powered Mac, the Macintosh Portable. I could take this time to reflect on 27 years of portable Macs and all they have given to us (the cameos in Sex and the City alone are life changing), but instead I'm just reminded that if feels like it has been 27 goddamn years since we got a new MacBook Pro.
In 2012 the Macbook Pro Retina wasn't so much the next stage of laptops as it was a fun oddity by Apple. It was a workstation, designed to handle gruelling video and photo editing tasks with aplomb, but it was missing some workstation musts, like a DVD drive or Ethernet port. Instead it was thinner and lighter than a traditional Macbook Pro, had a gorgeous 1800p display and was outfitted with a solid state drive.
We've been waiting four painful years for new MacBook Pros, and if you've been holding on to your dying machine in hopes that a refreshed line must be imminent, we're sorry to inform you that you're going to have to wait even longer. According to Bloomberg's Apple sleuth Mark Gurman, the new MacBook Pros are coming — but not at the early September iPhone event as many had hoped.
Apple has been moving out of the computer business for a while. Where once the WWDC keynote would have revolved around OS X (just renamed macOS), now the event is the iOS show.
Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, is nearly upon us. The event runs from June 13-17 and traditionally serves as the launching point for major updates to iOS, OS X and the company's other platforms. In the last few years, the updates to Apple's two major OSes has been relatively small and boring for anyone who doesn't have Xcode developer tools installed on their computer.
But this year, Apple is expected to make some big announcements that non-developers can get excited about — namely major updates to its two most popular laptop lines: The Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. So what else might be revealed? Here's what you can expect from Apple WWDC 2016.
Although this past Monday's Apple event was mostly dedicated to the Apple Watch, the most exciting (and perplexing) new piece of hardware was the updated MacBook. But one of its new features, the Taptic Engine-enabled "Force Touch" trackpad, also found its way into a refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which iFixit tore apart immediately.
It's easy to think that gadgets, laptops and tablets are disposable these days. They're all so cheap, and every day there's a new announcement about some new processor, design, feature or spec. We never stop and appreciate the little things anymore that used to delight us. Mind you, not all of us are Ralf Groene: the guy who designed and built the bigger, brighter and lighter Surface Pro 3. We sat down with him, in the hope of getting back in touch with the little things.