Buzz has been building about Apple's (AAPL) upcoming iPhone update due out this September, but the company has been extra secretive about the update to its laptop lineup that's coming this summer, sources told Bloomberg. In the first week of May, Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Laptop, a machine practically created to fill a perceived void left by the MacBook Air's absence.
Apple is preparing three new laptops that are expected to launch next month at Apple's annual WWDC conference, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
Specifically speaking, the MacBook Pro is expected to be bumped up to receive Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors.
Word of a varied Apple notebook refresh is certainly exciting, especially for users who haven't yet pulled the trigger on Apple's new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. The company has also considered updating the aging 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor as sales of the laptop.
With Microsoft making an even more aggressive push for the notebook market with the Windows 10 S-running Surface Laptop, it's clear Apple needs to respond. The last time Apple redesigned the MacBook Air was almost seven years ago and the recently updated 2016 MacBook Pro was released a lengthy 500 days after the previous version. By refreshing its computers, Apple could undercut that competition and continue the Mac's recent momentum.
Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air includes a fifth-generation Intel Core processor (based on the Broadwell architecture), which means that in terms of the processor inside of it, it is woefully out of date.
That said, don't expect major updates to how these laptops function in the same way we saw this past autumn with the debut of the Touch Bar.
As we get closer to Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) that takes place in early June, we're starting to hear more rumors about what products could be unveiled there. The software updates are usually released in the fall.