Apple’s MacBook Pros are usually seen and positioned as the laptop that customers should buy if they want a powerful laptop that can handle intensive photo and video editing on the go. This is thanks to its more powerful CPU and in some configurations, a discrete GPU. However as it turns out, Apple’s new MacBook Air laptop seems to be holding its own just fine.
Apple had recently announced its new MacBook Air which represents a pretty huge update that we’ve seen to the lineup in a while. One of those major changes they made was introducing Touch ID to the laptop, as well as the T2 secure enclave that stores fingerprint data, encryption keys, and more.
Apple had recently announced its new MacBook Air which according to the company, would feature 8th gen Intel Core i5 chipsets. While this is technically true, it should be noted that there is a subtle difference and that not all Core i5 chipsets are made the same because upon further digging, it was discovered that the new MacBook Air laptops are actually more specifically powered by Intel’s Amber Lake CPUs.
Earlier today, Apple introduced a new iPad Pro, a new Mac Mini, and a refreshed and redesigned MacBook Air. For the most part the new products don’t go too crazy in terms of their new pricing, but in case you do want to go all out in terms of maxing out the specs and storage, it seems that it will not come cheap.
Apple conducted an event today for its new Macs and iPads in New York. Aside from unveiling the products, it also provided some numbers about how the Mac has been doing. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the event that there are more than 100 million Macs now in use across the globe.
Ever since Apple introduced the 12-inch Retina MacBook, it felt that the company had quietly announced that the MacBook Air would be going the way of the dinosaur. However in recent months we have been hearing rumors that Apple could be launching a brand new model, and sure enough at Apple’s event today, they have announced a brand new MacBook Air.
Apple has confirmed that come 30th October, they will be hosting an event. The company has not confirmed what the event will be about, but it has been largely speculated that the event would most likely see Apple announce new iPads, but now there is more evidence that could indicate that we might see new Mac computers as well.
While Apple might have refreshed some of its products already, such as the MacBook Pro and the iPhone, there are still several products that Apple has yet to update. This includes the iPad Pro, the MacBook Air, the 12-inch MacBook, and the iMac. Many expected these devices to be announced this month, and it looks like Apple has finally confirmed it.
For years there have been talks that Apple could eventually ditch Intel and start making ARM-powered Mac computers. When exactly that will happen remains to be seen, but notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to think that it might not be too far off into the future, and that it could happen as early as 2020 or 2021.
Given the size of the largest iPad Pro, it’s not surprising that more people are starting to think of these tablets as potential laptop replacements (depending on your needs). Their size also means that they are great to double up as a secondary display, especially if you work outside with a Mac laptop.
Apple has suppliers from all over the world, such as China, Taiwan, just to name a few. However in a report from DigiTimes, it seems that Apple could be making the move to recruit more suppliers in China and shift away from Taiwan in a bid to help reduce their costs. The report cites how this shift has resulted in some Taiwanese suppliers being forced to seek out new businesses.
A lot of companies rely heavily on ARM and their chips. This is because for the most part, a lot of companies use ARM’s architecture for their chips that can be found in plenty of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. In fact earlier this year, companies such as Lenovo launched laptops that are powered by ARM-based chips.
While the MacBook Pro was recently refreshed a couple of months ago, there are some laptops from Apple’s MacBook lineup that have yet to receive a similar update. This includes the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Air, both of which have been rumored to be updated soon, possibly in the coming months.
According to the rumors, Apple is expected to launch an updated MacBook Air later this year. Given how long it has been since Apple refreshed its MacBook Air, we suppose this makes sense. Now in a report from DigiTimes (via Cult of Mac), it seems that those rumors are slowly coming true.