Apple is reportedly planning to update its MacBook line-up with two new models towards the end of the second quarter of this year. The Cupertino tech giant could launch 13-inch and 15-inch Macbooks with designs similar to the current 12-inch MacBook Air.
DigiTimes broke the news of the new MacBooks Tuesday, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. The new MacBooks are expected to be "thinner" than the existing MacBook Air line-up, but the report failed to mention any specific model for reference.
Apple shipped 20.38 million Macs in 2015 to witness a 4.08 percent growth. The upcoming ultra-thin MacBooks will drive further growth in 2016. The competition would get intense in the PC market as other companies like Asus, Dell and Lenovo are also planning to launch ultra-thin notebooks around the same time the new MacBooks arrive, sources told DigiTimes.
While Apple remained mum on the plans to upgrade its MacBook line-up, rumours suggest the tech giant would upgrade the entire Mac line, which includes MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, later this year, Gadgets360 reported.
According to MacRumors, the new Macs would feature upgraded specs like Intel's sixth-generation Skylake processors, which would be the first time for Apple. The Skylake processors could help Apple cut down thickness on its Macs and also offer better power efficiency. Microsoft is currently using the Skylake processors in its most-recent Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.
Rumours have also pointed out that the new Mac line-up would feature a single USB-C port, just like the 12-inch MacBook, which could shed thickness.
Since the new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks are expected to arrive sometime in June, MacRumors reported that the launch could take place at the WWDC 2016, which is scheduled to take place between June 13 and June 17, 2016.