After releasing a 12-inch MacBook, Apple is rumored to launch a 13-inch MacBook with Retina display.
Launching a notebook that is just one inch larger on the diagonal is an interesting strategy, as per AppleInsider. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts that Apple is planning to release a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of this year. This speculated device would add to the company’s arsenal of thin-and-light MacBook lineup.
KGI analyst Kuo says that Apple has put a meaningful end to the development of the MacBook Air series. This is a good move instead of upgrading to high-resolution Retina display, Force Touch trackpads and I/O technology. However, he also notes that the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air may not get any upgrades. This leaves the former thin-and-light flagship devices as entry-level offerings. The same strategy was done on the erstwhile polycarbonate MacBook devices.
Earlier today, the analyst predicted big alterations for Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup. He claimed that the new Pro models would have Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology along with an OLED touch bar and USB-C port. The notebook is also said to have Thunderbolt 3 and would have aluminium build. He points out that the new MacBook Pro would be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, making it the successor of the current MacBook Pro.
Last month, Apple unveiled the MacBook, which was powered by the latest sixth-generation Intel Core M processor .
If Kuo’s prediction turns out to be true, Apple’s laptop product line will retain the delineated three-tier structure. MacBook would lead in portability, MacBook Pro would turn out to be an all-out performer and MacBook Air would be considered as the budget device.
The good news is that we won’t have to wait long. The rumored new devices could be launched in the second half of this year.