Apple’s once terribly predictable and, let’s be honest, boring product roadmap has been jazzed up in recent years, as the number of iPhone, iPad and MacBook models continues to grow, and Apple Watch’s upgrade cycle remains anybody’s guess.
The ink is barely dry on press releases announcing the arrival of the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and we’re already looking forward to a fall batch of device introductions, likely headlined by the iPhone 7. But even between March 21 and… September something, Cupertino could have a few other gadgets up its sleeve it might be seeking to unveil at WWDC (the Worldwide Developers Conference).
Namely, a pair of “ultra-thin” Mac OS laptops, probably powered by Intel Skylake processors. It’s unclear if we’re dealing with new MacBook Airs or Pros here, but Digitimes claims they’ll measure 13 and 15 inches in screen diagonal, and begin shipping “at the end of the second quarter”, which fits perfectly with the theory of a mid-June WWDC announcement.
The always fickle Taiwanese publication essentially has no info on the specifications of these two upcoming MacBooks, and its notorious “sources from the upstream supply chain” only know they “share a design similar to the existing 12-inch MacBook, but thinner than existing MacBook Air.”
Sooo, they’re next-gen MacBook Air models? Maybe, maybe not, since we’ve yet to see a 15-inch Air configuration, and with the rise of iPad Pros, the non-Pro MacBook lineup was previously rumored to go the way of the dodo.