MacBook 2018: what we want to see

In just a few months, it will be a year since the new 12-inch MacBook was launched and, most importantly, to online retailers.

On paper, it was perfect, it was everything we ordered from Apple since the reintroduction of the MacBook in 2015. The keyboard, powered by Apple's patented butterfly switches, is more tactile, while the inside of the laptop It looked huge. advances thanks to the Intel 7th generation Core m3, i5 and i7 processors.

And, now that Intel has released the eighth-generation Coffee Lake processors for laptops, we could see another big leap in performance with the MacBook 2018. However, Apple plans to eventually replace the Intel CPUs with silicon. manufactured by Cupertino in 2020. We do not know how this will affect this year's Macs batch, but Apple has hinted that it would launch three Macs with custom coprocessors in 2018.

However, with WWDC 2018 lurking just around the corner , we have every reason to believe that the MacBook 2018 will be revealed at the annual & # 39; iCompany & # 39; There are all kinds of rumors about how it will look, too.

From the perspective of a cheaper 13-inch model to that of spill-resistant and spill-proof entries, the MacBook 2018 could see some seriously dramatic changes from its predecessor. Let's hope, then, that he does not stray too far from the peculiarities that make him so curiously tempting to begin with.

Cut to the hunt

  • What is it? Slimmer 2018 laptop computer from Apple
  • When did it come out? April 2018 at the earliest
  • How much will it cost? Presumably the same as the current models

MacBook release date 2018

None of the latest reports, rumors or leaks give clues about when we'll see the MacBook 2018. Of course, we'll speculate gladly based on the previous three versions of Apple's 12-inch laptop.

In 2015, Apple released the first MacBook during April, immediately after a keynote address in March. That is a rather strange moment for Apple to launch a device, but it has happened before.

It is very unlikely that the MacBook price will move in any direction.

Apple did the same in 2016 with a release in April, but not with the same fanfare as in the debut. The most recent version of the MacBook was produced in June 2017, almost immediately after Apple's World Developers Conference (WWDC) and together with the MacBook Pro.

This leaves us with two (and half) different possibilities for a MacBook 2018 version. First, Apple could hold another master conference in March this year and debut the device there for another release in April. Second, the 12-inch MacBook could be under a veil until WWDC 2018 for a launch in June. And finally, Apple could launch the thing in April with nary a press release – hey, it's been done before.

It has also been reported again that Apple is planning to launch a cheaper 13-inch MacBook that is significantly less expensive than they have been in the past. The crossed fingers will see it in their presentation next week.

Beyond that, no one knows when we will see the MacBook 2018. We will look for new rumors and update this article as soon as the release date of MacBook 2018 begins to clear up.

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Price of MacBook 2018

Again, nothing about the latest reports and leaks regarding a MacBook 2018 discuss the possible price of the laptop. This type of rumors or leaks usually do not appear until we approach a real launch, so it makes sense.

This is another aspect in which we will have to speculate on the basis of the current prices of the MacBook. The basic MacBook will cost you $ 1,299, £ 1,249 or AU $ 1,899 to start. Just one more model, with more storage capacity and energy, goes for another 300 to 450 dollars in addition to that. However, there is speculation that Apple is going to launch a cheaper MacBook 2018 that will be more in line with the prices of the MacBook Air, around $ 999.

We also anticipate that Apple will launch a new 13-inch MacBook this year .

With the price so tight here, amounting to tiny hardware differences between offers, it's very unlikely that the price of the MacBook will move in any direction. That is less than Apple presenting a larger storage or higher power options, which will send the price in one direction: up.

For the price of MacBook to go down, something somewhere would have to give, whether the storage is reduced to 128 GB to start instead of 256 GB or start the memory that falls to 4 GB from 8 GB depends totally from Apple. Again, we find that this scenario is highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

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What we want to see on MacBook 2018

All this uncertainty surrounding a possible version of MacBook 2018 is fertile ground for a well-crafted wish list.

So much, this is what we hope to see Apple improve on the MacBook for 2018.

MacBook 2018 keyboard and screen [19659] 012] Building on a previous patent that showed us Apple's plans to create a MacBook with dual screens, there are now rumors that it will use that second screen to create a kind of touch keyboard. We do not know exactly what he will be capable of, but there is the possibility of changing regions on the fly and easily accessing an emoji keyboard, instead of having an emoji relegated to the touch bar.

And, of course, if Apple continues with this keyboard design, it will implement a haptic response so that it has the same experience as a mechanical keyboard, just with the flexibility that a touch screen keyboard brings with it. However, it's easy to expect this to raise the price on any MacBook that implements it.

Finally, it is rumored that Apple is working on a MacBook keyboard that is resistant to spills and spills. First we expected this development to result in a product that has existed in Wi
ndows-based laptops for years. But, now we're not so sure, maybe the keyboard is spill-proof and spill-proof because it's a screen.

More ports, please

Our biggest nightmare with the 12-inch MacBook, since its launch, has been the incredibly painful lack of ports in the laptop. It is still equipped with nothing more than a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port and a headphone jack, this absolutely has to change in the next version. Just One More?

We have already seen Windows laptops achieve this feat, such as the Huawei MateBook X with its two USB-C ports. Even the similarly priced MacBook Pro has a couple of Thunderbolt 3 connections. Maybe there's also room for a microSD card reader.

Punchier Processors

At a cost for what it does, Apple really needs to inject more power into their 12-inch MacBooks. With the start of Intel processors with AMD graphics on board, this is the perfect opportunity for the 12-inch MacBook to receive an increase in power that does not affect the battery life.

How? Well, we immediately look for these new Intel processors with AMD Vega, discrete graphics on board that are already finding their way to the new laptops this year. Such an update would put the MacBook in a completely new step of premium stature.

On the other hand, since the MacBook has consistently used the Intel Core Series CPUs # M & # 39; e & # 39; Y & # 39; of energy efficiency to this point, we would not. T bank to see the powerful graphics power presented in the chips of the series & # 39; G & # 39; of Intel. And, given that there is no eighth generation equivalent of the 7th generation Intel Core m3-7Y32 that the MacBook currently uses, it is possible for Apple to switch to an i3-8130U.

On the other hand, a recent news item stated that Apple planned to send a Mac trio with their custom coprocessors later this year. These are expected to be similar to the T1 and T2 chips found in the MacBook Pro and the iMac Pro, respectively.

Since the 12-inch MacBook does not have a touch bar, it is safe to assume that if one of these coprocessors is implemented, it will be used for automatic activation functionality and "Hey Siri". currently exclusively for the iMac Pro.

More powerful audio and video

The performance of the speakers and the quality of the webcam are two corners that Apple obviously cut in the creation of the MacBook. With the MacBook 2018, this must stop. Small speakers and a sub-HD webcam for such an expensive laptop are simply not acceptable.

Just snap the camera up to 1080p FaceTime HD according to its price, and solve the problem. However, speakers are a problem for which we do not necessarily have a solution. Could the speakers with low-down modules work on the base?

iOS apps on MacBook

Now that it's been talked about for so long, the idea of ​​iOS apps on macOS has grown in us. We are excited about the prospect of continuing to work from our phones directly on our laptops, or polish that maximum score by sitting at the desk.

However, Apple needs to know how this will happen if a MacBook with a touch screen is still unlikely. Will the mouse simply be part of our fingers, or does Apple have something ingenious up its sleeve?

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Gabe Carey has also contributed to this report