New MacBook at the iPhone event

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by sakabaro, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. sakabaro macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2015
    Wonder if we can expect a new MacBook 12" (or 14") at the event coming up September 12th.

    If yes, what kind of specs do you guys expect?
  2. rmt55 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2015
    I'm really hoping so, because my current computer is about to die. But my fear is that it'll be an October event, and I won't actually be able to buy it for over two months yet. I could buy the 2017 version, but it's a shame to buy a model that's over a year old and that might drop significantly in price very soon. Plus there's the crap keyboard.
  3. sakabaro thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2015
    I won't expect for keyboard to be updated. Not to get your hopes up.
  4. rmt55 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2015
    It's hard for me to imagine them not throwing the 3rd generation butterfly keyboards in there, as it's really just an additional piece of silicone, they're already in the MBPs, and it'll save them a ton of money in repair costs. But I guess we'll see!
  5. sakabaro thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2015
    Oh, yeah, for sure the silicon thing will show up. But the typing experience is not different from the current ones. (I've tried in a store and actually preferred the MacBook Pro 2017 > 2018)
  6. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    I agree. The typing experience of the 2018 keyboard is a bit muffled over the 2017 keyboard. Other than that, they’re about the same as far as keyboard response goes. All they really did was stick a sheet of silicone in the 2017 keyboard and call it v3.
  7. rmt55 macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2015
    Thanks for the insight! I think ultimately I'm indifferent to the differences in keyboard feel; mostly, I just want one that is less likely to break with dust exposure.

    Hoping for September, but it'll probably be October. Let's see if my 2011 MBA can plug along until then!
  8. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    The interesting thing is that Apple has never unveiled a new iPad at an iPhone event, but at the same time, it would be awkward to introduce an all new iPad Pro with Face ID and a new MacBook/MacBook Air at the same event. Those two products seemingly compete for a large overlap of customers. So, Apple will have to deal with one of those two scenarios over the next two months. My guess:

    September Event:
    • iPhone Xs
    • Apple Watch Series 4
    • AirPower
    • AirPods case

    October Event:
    • iPad Pro with Face ID
    • Entry level MacBook (Air)
    • Mac mini
    • Spec bumps to MacBook and iMac
    Of course, if that last bullet is just spec bumps to existing products, that could happen by press release at any time.
  9. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    Yea they have, back in 2015 the iPad Pro was introduced at the September keynote alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

    Also last year at WWDC Apple introduced the iPad Pro at the same event as the updated Mac’s and just about everything else that was updated apart from the iPhone, HomePod introduction and Air Power mat which were all introduced at the September keynote.
  10. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020


    Dec 21, 2012
    I’d wager they get it all released by the holiday season to get a good Q4 result, but that doesn’t mean it’ll come September (but it could).
  11. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    A different opinion here: I find the 3rd generation butterfly keyboard to feel vastly better than the previous one. I think this is highly personal and people just have to try it to see how it feels to them.
  12. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I don't thing Apple really has the cache anymore to hold two back-to-back press events like this. They would be skewered in the media, and rightfully so.

    I agree that the event this week will likely the narrowly focused, and other stuff will come as a regular press release.

    Regarding overlapping customers: "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will." -SJ. I think Apple still operates by this mantra. So what if iPads cannibalize sales from Macbooks, or vice-versa? As long as the person isn't buying a non-Apple product, it's all good to them.
  13. deepakvrao macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2011
    Which macbooks have this 3rd gen? Does the 2017 12" have it?
  14. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    So what... Writers with quotas looking for something to blather about? Not very consequential.
  15. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    None...only the touchbar MBP2018 models
  16. EugW, Sep 12, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018

    EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    I am not convinced the new 2018 12” MacBook will be launched at any event. There is a chance it will just be a silent update.

    The difference though here is the 13”. I guess the 13” warrants an event but then again who knows? Maybe it would just be a very short mention.
  17. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    After seeing today's iPhone pricing, i'm not convinced that a 'cheaper' MacBook will ever exist! I'm quite horrified and sick to the stomach with Apple's pure greed. It's one trait that I truly despise in humans - it's repulsive.
    If anything, it'll be a the most stripped out 128GB MacBook at £999.
    Greed is pure evil and the downfall for any company or person.
  18. Howard2k macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2016

    Get a grip. Apple is a profit driven company. It's not greed, it's just capitalism.
  19. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    The only thing I see them doing is updating to 2018 processors and dropping the 12’’ down to £1099 with 128GB and having 256GB as a £200 upgrade (in effect a £50 increase over the current base model).
  20. case2001 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2010
    I think if there was really a form factor change of MacBook there would be an event. I am beginning to think there will be no more Mac products until next year. :(
  21. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    There's likely going to be an October event, the iPad Pro's are coming with a new redesign. On the bright side it's only going to be a month away if they do hold an October event :)
  22. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Sorry Dave, I really think that you've wasted 18 months of your life on this. In fairness, you'd of been better off buying the 2017 MacBook on launch. It's as good as it's going to get with that design. Maybe new MacBooks with Apple processors next year BUT don't expect them to be cheap. With the dollar as it is now, Apple simply does not do cheap as the iPhone event proved!
    With ZERO leaks, it's just not happening. People really need to move on with their lives as this thread is so shallow and pointless. Move on with your lives people.
  23. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    There’s no point in buying now when the 12” will get at least a spec update at some point this year, there is also the 13” “budget” MacBook or MacBook Air that has been mentioned a few times, that will launch sometime this year, my guess is there will be an October event simply because the new iPad Pros will need an event, there is no way that Apple just silently updates those not when they are a major redesign.

    iPad Pros
    12” MacBook spec update
    New 13” MacBook or Air introduced
    iMac - spec update at the least

    The above is my guess for an October event. What I’m doing at the moment is waiting to see what they do, if the Mac gets no updates this year, is simply left in the line to stagnate then I shall seriously consider looking elsewhere such as the Surface laptop or Surface Pro. I love using Mac OS but if Apple are not going to take the Mac seriously I’ll have no choice but to seriously consider it.
  24. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    New MacBooks are usually unveiled around Jan-Feb.
  25. VR46 macrumors member


    Oct 14, 2016
    Not recently, last two years releases for the updated Macbook have been April 2016 and June 2017 I believe.

    Really hope we see the new Macbooks/Air next month but as time goes on I have my doubts.
    Maybe once the free Beats promo ends things will kick in to gear with the new models.

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