Apple Rumored to Ship ‘Ultra-Thin’ 13- and 15-Inch MacBooks by July

2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

At yesterday’s “Let Us Loop You In” event, Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE, but, much to the dismay of some, didn’t announce any new MacBooks.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, that could be because Apple is waiting until this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference to show off new laptops for potential buyers. The report indicates that Apple is gearing up to launch brand new, “ultra-thin” 13- and 15-inch MacBook models by the end of the second quarter this year.

If this pans out, it means that new MacBooks could see the light of day by June 30, when the second calendar quarter ends. The easy guess is that Apple will take time on stage to kick off WWDC 2016 to announce the new MacBooks, along with the new software that will launch later this year. It’s expected that this year’s conference will take place between June 13 and June 17.

The report states that the new 13- and 15-inch MacBooks will “share a design similar to the existing 12-inch MacBook, but thinner than existing MacBook Air.” Unfortunately, with bullet points like that, it’s hard to determine just where these new MacBooks will fall, naming wise. There is a belief that Apple has plans to discontinue the MacBook Air line altogether at some point in the future, and keep the MacBook and MacBook Pro names around. Apple has never launched a 15-inch MacBook Air (11- and 13-inch models only), but a 15-inch MacBook Pro exists. As does a 13-inch model.

Whether or not Apple has put together a Pro-level laptop in a body that’s thinner than the MacBook Air, along with a design similar to the 12-inch MacBook, is unknown at this time. However, this report seems to indicate that Apple has indeed figured it out, and that the new MacBooks planned for this year could be just that.

As it stands, it’s believed that Apple will use Intel’s Skylake processors for its upcoming MacBook models. The MacBook models were last updated in 2015, so a refresh this year is expected.

[via DigiTimes]