MacBook Pro Reportedly Won't See Any Major Upgrades in 2018

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    Apple currently has no plans to make any major upgrades to its MacBook Pro lineup in 2018, according to DigiTimes. Of course, if accurate, the report doesn't rule out a MacBook Pro refresh or update of any kind this year.

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    An excerpt from the report, citing sources within Apple's supply chain:
    Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn could land a large number of additional MacBook orders this year, the report adds. The increase could come at the expense of Quanta Computer, which has been Apple's major MacBook supplier in recent years.

    Taiwan-based Foxconn has reportedly been working to boost its chances of notebook orders from Apple by offering attractive quotes. Apple will therefore switch MacBook orders to Foxconn for models that are already in mass production as a way to save costs and reduce risks, according to the sources cited.
    Despite the news, Quanta is expected to remain Apple's biggest supplier going into 2018. According to DigiTimes' research, out of 15 million MacBooks shipped to Apple a year, the shipment ratio between Quanta and Foxconn has been at around 8:2 for the past five years. Last year alone, Quanta had a 79.5 percent share and Foxconn took 20.5 percent.

    Quanta is said to be looking to other brand vendors to offset the impact of the loss of orders, as it aims for similar growth to the market average in 2018. The Taiwan-based firm shipped 38.7 million notebooks last year, up five percent on year, and is currently the largest notebook supplier for HP, Apple, Acer, and Asus.

    Quanta also maintains orders for the Apple Watch, and is said to be teaming up with Israeli-based augmented reality company Lumus to manufacture lenses for smart glasses. It's not clear if Quanta and Lumus are working with Apple on a future AR headset or smart glasses, but it is a possibility as rumors suggest Apple has a wearable augmented reality product in the works.

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  2. Tuanglen macrumors newbie

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    MacBook Pro users seem to be able to look forward to one of two changes each year. We tell them the MacBook Pro is thin enough and we'd like new and better features, to which some years they respond with "No" and some years they respond with, "We've heard you, so we've made it thinner and removed fewer useful features than we usually do!" At this point, I'd be happy if they reintroduced the MacBook Pro lineup from a few years ago, replacing one of the USB ports with USB-C, knocked $300 off the price, and declared, "We think you'll find them to be the best we ever made."
     
  3. Frederik on MacRumors macrumors member

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    The question is if they are equipped with 8 gen Intel or not...
     
  4. leman macrumors G3

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    I find this news item a bit confusing. MacBooks or MacBook Pros or both? And who says there is not going to be an update in 2018? Foxcon? Apple?
     
  5. Stella macrumors G3

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    At least update the CPU.

    Also, pass cost savings onto the customer!
     
  6. vbedia macrumors regular

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    So do I. What I understand is there will be an update but not a major upgrade. I guess they are talking of both MacBooks and MacBook Pros
     
  7. sublunar macrumors 6502a

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    My reading of it is no structural change in layout - screen, case, all Thunderbolt ports, and (controversially) the keyboard. I'd expect a CPU refresh but that's not always a guarantee with Apple lately.

    With this, Kaby Lake Refresh seems to be the order of the day and that's surely just an obvious refresh even if the notebooks get done before WWDC.

    We would then have had 3 generations of the current shape and Apple would then be in a position to move on from this generation to something else early next year. I'll still point out my theory of a slightly bigger 14" and 16" model with smaller bezels and better graphics performance (and optional additional cores) plus a sorted out keyboard.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Given that there was a major update in 2016, this is not really shocking news. The question is will Apple continue to improve (or better yet) replace their keyboard and secondly what chip family will it have, i.e., coffee lake or cannon lake?
     
  9. leman macrumors G3

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    I just find the notion of "major update" not very well chosen. I'd say that for example, replacing a Polaris GPU by a Vega GPU would constitute a "major" upgrade. Moreso if Apple decides to use Intel's new G packages.
     
  10. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601

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    No major update? It would be a minimum requirement for me to get interested in buying a new MBP to have a reliable keyboard. 6-core CPU would be nice as well. Also I would like if we can get 14" and 16" MBPs with very tiny bezels. Again - the keyboard is a must.

    EDIT: the headline seem to be wrong. If you read the article it looks like the rumours are about Apple moving their supply chain around, doesn't really matter to me.
     
  11. djcerla macrumors 68000

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    Quickly becoming the de-facto enterprise computer standard. That's what unparalleled security and incredibly cheaper maintenance costs buy you.

    Mac sales can double in a very short time.
     
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  13. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

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    What more does it need than an upgraded CPU? Not much more should be done at this time.
     
  14. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

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    Get the config possibilities up to 32GB of RAM, and I am interested. Not a second before...
     
  15. xkam1x macrumors member

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    I would be gobsmacked if they did not at least update the CPU to coffee lake, update the GPU to AMD Vega M with 6GB VRAM, support 32GB RAM, improve the keyboard and improve the battery. These are the things I would be interested in if they plan on keeping the current prices which I think is reasonable.
     
  16. AFPoster macrumors 68000

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    I just want 36gb of RAM!!!! For the love of APPLE!
     
  17. sublunar macrumors 6502a

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    I think this year it'll be Kaby Lake + Radeon Vega for the 15" MacBook Pro so in effect a GPU upgrade with a slight clock speed bump to 3.1GHz for the 15". There is a 2.8Ghz i5 variant which retains the multi threading so perhaps a cheaper entry level for the 15".

    Currently announced Kaby Lake R CPUs are 15w with only UHD620 graphics which probably fall below the Iris Plus Graphics standard which Apple want in their 13" laptops. It's looking possible that we'll keep the improved graphics at the expense of additional cores.

    There's also the prospect of a small price cut or storage bump if they genuinely don't bump the CPU because they have something better coming next year too. I believe they did a price cut with the 2014 models.
     
  18. vtrautia macrumors newbie

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    There is a good chance that Apple will finally launch 4 core MacBook Pro 13 inch. Intel has some nice 15W quad core CPUs now.
     
  19. MacFather macrumors 6502a

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    Make gimmicky Touch Bar optional. Thank you.
     
  20. mdntcallr macrumors 65816

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    Wish they would consider on of these intel G Radeon cpu's. and more ram! But since they appointed an product manufacturing cost efficiency expert CEO.... they don't spend money to upgrade logic board or etc, Many are left wondering why Apple is so cheap they can't update Mac mini or Mac Pro's on a modest yearly basis too.

    Seems like the only thing Apple considers these days is a chip upgrade which will fit on an existing logic board or chipset.

    Sad
     
  21. Ploki macrumors 68040

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    Aaargh. APPLE!

    Make a hexacore or release a screenless Pro machine already. fcks sake.
     
  22. MH01 Suspended

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    I don't expect apple to update any of their Mac line on a regular basis, people should get used to long delays between updates. If anything it will get worse before it gets better
     
  23. Basic75 macrumors 6502

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    What does "major" mean? For some people it's just the outside design, for others it's the CPU and GPU.
     
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  25. kasakka macrumors 68020

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    A keyboard that doesn't feel like crap and have a **** layout, no useless Touchbar on the higher end models and a trackpad that isn't so huge it constantly mistakes my palms for fingers.

    Understandable that they don't want to improve it this year since it's not that old a design.
     

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