Redesign soon? After 4 years.

If there’s a big update/redesign what would you like to see?

  • Bezeless display, ARM processsor

    Votes: 18 75.0%
  • Thinner Liquid Retina display, intel processor

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Nothing remove it from the line up

    Votes: 4 16.7%

  • Total voters
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Dave245

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As the title says, the MacBook will be 4 years old later this year, do you think there will be a redesign? Or maybe it gets removed from the lineup completely?

If there is a redesign, what would you like to see?
 

Dave245

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A redesign would be great.
*cough* new keyboard, no T2 *cough*
This may stand a chance, I just thought about it and it was in 2015 with the first MacBook that they introduced the butterfly keyboard, it then trickled down to the MacBook Pro and more recently the MacBook Air.
 
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Howard2k

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This may stand a chance, I just thought about it and it was in 2015 with the first MacBook that they introduced the butterfly keyboard, it then trickled down to the MacBook Pro and more recently the MacBook Air.
Yeah, my train of thought too. Of the three platforms it's the one that's the most due I believe, so maybe we'll see something interesting.
 
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Dave245

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Yeah, my train of thought too. Of the three platforms it's the one that's the most due I believe, so maybe we'll see something interesting.
Very much so, there was no update last year this must mean something bigger than a spec bump is coming surely?

The iMac wasn’t updated either, maybe there will be a big update of the iMac, MacBook and Mac Pro (which we know is coming as Apple confirmed it’s a 2019 thing) possibly at WWDC.
 

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I’m betting it’ll improve on the fanless design with an A-series chip and GPU, plus a rounded display with FaceID, and maaaaaaaybe a second USB port. But I’d also love to see the Touch Bar included in the design.

Highly doubt price will lower since miniaturization isn’t cheap.
 
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Its a svelte niche device in the mac line up and all about footprint they either have to make it stunning to justify the price or modest update and lower the price

They have had 3 years or more to recoup development costs and know the target demographic

I hope its aimed at entry level and those that are torn between the IPP and the rMB and not muddled by MBA or 13" MBP pricing as on paper specs alone its hard to justify otherwise
 

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I just want a gen 3 butterfly keyboard. Or any keyboard that makes less noise than the current gen 2 butterfly keyboard... (This is the main factor preventing me from getting a 2017 12" MB right now, aside from the fact that I feel uneasy buying almost 2 year old tech...)
 
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I hope its aimed at entry level and those that are torn between the IPP and the rMB and not muddled by MBA or 13" MBP pricing as on paper specs alone its hard to justify otherwise
Exactly this. I would get the IPP, but for my way of work it is nowhere near a "Pro" device. A macOS device of the same size would be perfect.
 
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BODYBUILDERPAUL

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Well, since this is my FAVOURITE DESIGN of Mac ever and I've owned all 3 year models i'd LOVE ARM technology, FaceID as it's sooooooooooooooo fast and efficient on my iPhone X whereas Touch ID never worked for me and I was always having to redo it every 2 weeks.
Touch Bar option and a 1TB option BUT that would send it over to £3000 I guess.

Guys, don't expect ARM technology on a MacBook to launch at a cheap price. I'm thinking £2000 sadly! Lil Timmy is a great PR CEO and he loves praising himself but he ain't giving you anything for free :) :) :)
 

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The hold up is Intel. There just aren’t any chips to replace the 2017 ones. Best Apple could do is the Amberlake i5-8200Y but it turbos up faster than the MB Air and costs more but is a 5W chip. This would also remove the option of upselling an i7 (as there isn’t one).
My guess is Apple wants to redesign based around a cooler 10 mm chip - in theory the Icelake platform. I’ll believe it when I see it.

In fact I think the whole rMB platform has been scuppered by Intel. When it launched the Broadwell-Y chips were pretty poor. The forthcoming Skylake chips (2016 rMB) would get performance to an acceptable level and then the follow-up CannonLake would usher in 10 nm chips and allow Apple to release a second design to take advantage of the lower heat and power requirements. As Intel dropped the ball and has had to stay with 14 nm, Apple have had no option but to keep the deign and stretch the update window.
 
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I hope it comes with several new features.

And I hope they correspondingly increase the price to a reasonable level to incorporate said technology.

Leave entry level prices to entry-level MacBooks that have the “Air” name.
 

Howard2k

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And I hope they correspondingly increase the price to a reasonable level to incorporate said technology.

You know that any time you want you can just pay above the retail price. Just go up to Apple and say "$1,899? Just make it an even $3k Apple" and I'm sure they will find a way to make that work for you.
 

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You know that any time you want you can just pay above the retail price. Just go up to Apple and say "$1,899? Just make it an even $3k Apple" and I'm sure they will find a way to make that work for you.
Are you an employee of Apple? I'd like some verification of this.
 
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