Will there be an update anytime soon?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by evrard, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. evrard macrumors regular

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    I haven't really followed the MacBook and am not sure on it's update cycle. Are there any rumors of a refresh in the next few months?
     
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    The processors are ready, so following previous patterns, it should be refreshed in March 2017.

    They could do a slight redesign, but if you want more than 1 port then it'll be best to go with the base 13" MBP.
    It is basically a larger 12" MacBook but with all of the problems fixed.
     
  3. evrard thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice.
     
  4. Howard2k macrumors 6502a

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    None taken, not my information, just curated information from the site host ... ;-)
     
  6. evrard thread starter macrumors regular

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    As Howard said, it's not very helpful. I tried to google before asking too but the search "macbook refresh" is litered with MBP refresh. I just realized I could have excluded"pro" from the search. [face_palm]
     
  7. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    They need to add another port. This could be part of a refresh, as they just need to do it.

    I'm thinking March. I would think a lot depends on how well these sell, but we shouldn't have to worry about that. These are great notebooks.

    They just release all those Pro models. But reception, isn't the best i've seen (but It's hard to tell through all the noise)
     
  8. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    It will not get a new port, they will keep the same design for another generation or two before they redesign the whole thing (which happens every 4 to 5 years or so).

    The main upgrade will be a new processor, which may or may not improve the battery life a bit. I haven't checked what resolutions the new processors will support but perhaps the MacBook will power the 5K display instead of being stuck with the smaller 4K.

    It would be nice if they added a 16GB RAM option too, but that is questionable as it would provide too little differentiation between the MacBook and the Pro without touch bar. We all know Apple likes to make clear distinctions, even if it means crippling a machine, to encourage people to buy the higher models.
     
  9. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    Ok Future Man. But your future differs from mine. Mine is better, BTW :D
     
  10. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    Hah, well I'm just being realistic. I've been observing Apple long enough to see how they think. Adding a second port will take away a reason to buy the 13 pro without touchbar.

    Plus it would require them to change around all the insides to make room. Lastly, it'd be an admission they made a mistake and they'd rather bend themselves into a pretzel than admit a key "feature" or their idea of "progress" was wrong.

    Essentially if they felt the market was ready to go one port in 2015 for the "consumer" computer, then there is even less rationale to go with more ports in 2017.

    16GB Ram option has the same problem in terms of encroaching on the Pros territory.

    For those reasons, I'd be willing to bet that the next update will mostly be processor spec bump, which also improves graphics since it's built in and maybe helps battery life a bit. Maybe they'll replace space grey with matte black like the iPhone.

    If we are very lucky they will give a custom option for extra RAM and/or 1TB of storage but I wouldn't hold my breath on them.

    Bookmark this post and get back to me April. We will see who called it. :)
     
  11. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    yup - this right here is reason enough.
     
  12. caelius macrumors regular

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    I honestly couldn't care less for a second port, but TB3 for the existing one would be awesome. Also, having the choice to opt for 16GB of RAM would be really sweet. :)

    Other than that, I don't expect any major changes. Kaby Lake's Intel HD 615 will probably be quite a bit faster, but not dramatically so. Battery performance will also be better by some percent, I guess. March - April 2017 seems like a sure bet, given the rMB's update cycle.

    Now THAT would look stunning. Razer Blade Stealth, anyone?
     
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    "12 MacBook is my favorite footprint for a notebook/laptop. Hope to see an update with a $100-$200 price drop.
     
  15. Quddy macrumors member

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    I hope they don't change the display. It's the perfect ratio, really good anti-glare coating, good density and nice balanced colours.

    One port is fine with me but hoping they upgrade to TB3 or at least USB 3.1 Gen2. Not sure if Intel's KB chipset supports either of them natively or requires a dedicated chip.

    Oh, and I hope they don't remove the headphone port and expect us to use the single usb type-c port for everything.

    And I like the Gold colour! Keep that as an option :)

    I can't think of what else they can do to improve it. It's already close to perfect for me. Maybe a better camera...
     
  16. ascender macrumors 68020

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    That's the thing.... What can they realistically update in the rMB whilst keeping the physical size and price about the same?

    Spec bumps are the order of the day surely, but if you're after one now, these bumps probably aren't worth waiting for as you're not going to be buying one of these if you need something which is an incredibly powerful laptop.
     

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