New 'Ultra-Thin' MacBooks Launching in Second Half of 2016 May Sport Metal Injection Mold-Made Hinges

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last November it was reported that Apple was working with suppliers to "fully redesign" many of the MacBook's internal components to achieve a slimmer design. Today, DigiTimes reports one of those redesigns is a move to metal injection mold-made hinges.


    Metal injection molding is a metalworking process that's used to create very small metal pieces that are typically used by Apple for the internals of products like iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple is looking to use the technology for its MacBook hinges to save space and achieve an "ultra-thin" design, according to DigiTimes.

    The new hinges will be supplied by Amphenol, who claims to produce some of the thinnest sliding hinges in the world on its website. The company partners with Microsoft to produce the parts for the hinges on the Microsoft Surface 4.

    While DigiTimes has a mixed track record reporting Apple's future plans, the report does corroborate an earlier report that Apple was working toward a slimmer MacBook, likely scheduled for release after WWDC 2016. However, it's unclear which MacBook lineup these reports are referring to. Apple's refreshed MacBook is expected to include faster Skylake processors and Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C.

    Article Link: New 'Ultra-Thin' MacBooks Launching in Second Half of 2016 May Sport Metal Injection Mold-Made Hinges
  2. MrFeezy macrumors newbie


    Sep 7, 2014
    At this point, I'm not really desiring something thinner, especially with the latest iPads and macbook. Then again, apple says I don't know what I want.
  3. Ferazel macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    A Mac rumor!?! Sacrilege! Anyways, I'd be curious what the perf advantage is of the Skylake upgrade and if they can finally deprecate the MacBook Air.
  4. UltimaKilo macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2007
    Kaby Lake with some serious GPU improvements and 64 GB of DDR4 RAM plaease.
  5. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
  6. Kevsta26 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2011
    Oh my god would Apple just release a redesigned MacBook Pro already!! It's already been nearly 2 months over the average amount of time for updates and over a month longer than the past 4+ releases! Come on, I've got an early 2011, I'd like to upgrade soon!
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Funny, this would have been a good use for LiquidMetal™.
  8. sinoka56 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    if apple could announce when they would be releasing the new RMBP so that people can start saving, that would be great ....
  9. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    Anyone remember when the MacBook Air was first announced as "Ultra-thin?" And suddenly the new MacBook is only "thin."
  10. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    I don't want thinner if I have to sacrifice any more ports or battery life. As a matter of fact, the (perhaps sketchy) rumors from a few weeks back of a new, thinner MacBook Pro redesign coming this summer cemented my decision to go with the current-gen machine... which I'm enjoying very much, by the way!

    The current 13" rMBP only weighs 3.5 pounds. I can comfortably hold it by the corner with one hand, just like I did with my second-gen MacBook Air. It's plenty light.

    Stop with the thinner. Give us better performance and increased battery life in the same size package, please.
  11. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Going to great lengths to achieve thinner design leads to breakthroughs like the unibody construction or smaller more efficient internals. Those do make a real difference in every day use, so I applaud thinner devices!
  12. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2014
    All I ever wanted was a MBA with a higher rez screen. But I'll take a MacBook with a real processor.
  13. dooyou macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    So possible Apple is doing the same thing like dell with their xps series? No power machines any more just ultrabooks.
  14. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Give me a (touch)tablet with macOS, like Lenovo helix or MS ; just better.
  15. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    As long as battery life remains great, and no ports are sacrificed for achieving this, I think it would be great.

    Edit - Ah, they're just taking about the Macbook, yeah so no extra ports on this one either, never mind.
  16. multipasser macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2010
    Apple and creating niches! It is thin enough for us! You do not have to make it thinner.. nobody cares! We want 4 usb ports, utp, hdmi ports. You want a paperthin laptop were we need to buy expensive usb-c cables or hubs just to connect a printer or a networkcable.
  17. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    I see less and less of "Designed in California"
  18. navaira macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2015
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    PLEASE don't make the hinges look like that disgusting Spectre thing. No matter how thin they make the Macbooks.
  19. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    After all these juicy Mac rumours for a change, I'm going to be gutted if they don't announce them at WWDC in June. Pretty please Apple, I need a new design MBP to brighten up my desk.
  20. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    It will be so thin you can hide it behind a toothpick.
  21. Creep89 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Thinner, thinner, thinner.. Oh, come on, Apple. I need powerrr inside my rMBP and not a thinner design with less power.
  22. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
    I'm trying to squeeze every last drop of life out of my 2007 MBP (and what a great servant it's been).

    But I really need to update, was hoping to have something at WWDC, especially as I have a course to go in in late July that I'd like to use it for.

    Oh, and in Space Grey, please!
  23. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    The XPS series effectively spans the spectrum from devices under $800 to the Precision 5000 series which is really just a 15.6" mobile workstation in an XPS body. 45w quad-core processors, dedicated video cards, Xeon processor options, up to 32GB RAM. All in a device nearly 60% thinner than today's 15" MBP, .6 pounds lighter, in a smaller overall footprint.

    If Dell can put that together, hopefully Apple can do it even better.
  24. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    I really, really, REALLY wish someone starts to get rid of the most horrible connector in use today (Rj45), it should go the same way as the Dodo and the VGA connector!
  25. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    I'm looking forward to this, i wonder if the light up Apple logo will be gone? i have a 2011 Macbook Pro i'd like to update at some point.

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