MacBook Air to Upgrade to Retina Display in 2018; Mac Mini to Focus on Pro Users

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Next month, it’s expected that Apple will host an iPhone event, which will also likely see the company introducing other pieces of hardware, including new Mac products.

That includes a brand new MacBook Air, the company’s laptop lineup that hasn’t seen a proper refresh in quite some time. According to a new report on Monday from Bloomberg, Apple is set to debut a new “low-cost” MacBook Air, which will reportedly boast a Retina display. The overall design will be similar to the current MBA, but the bezels around the display are said to be getting cut back, which should be good news for any potential buyers out here. That Retina display will measure in at 13 inches, according to the report.

The report also aims to shed some light on the new Mac mini model. According to Bloomberg, the new model will have a bigger focus on pro users, and, as such, will actually boast a higher price tag than the previous model this new unit will be replacing (the Mac mini hasn’t been updated since 2014).

Unfortunately, details are light on this upcoming Mac mini option, other than it will include processor and memory upgrades, which line up with rumors from earlier this year.

Apple’s September event is going to be a busy one if all these rumors pan out. In addition to these two new products, Apple is said to be ready to introduce three new iPhone models: the iPhone X successor, the iPhone X Plus, and the 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display. Apple is also rumored to be working on a new Apple Watch Series 4, which will boast a larger display among other changes. And, last but certainly not least, brand new iPad Pro models with reduced bezels and support for Face ID.

Our Take

It’s about time that Apple introduced an upgrade to the Mac mini. It will be interesting to see if a shift towards pro users will have a positive impact on sales moving forward. Depending on price, would you pick up a new Mac mini?

[via Bloomberg]