Apple’s 12-inch MacBook has enjoyed a steady three years of continuous support and sizable upgrades, but there’s plenty of room for an even more improved MacBook for 2018.
Luckily, we’re already seeing signs of just such a product gracing our digital shopping carts (or baskets), with reports that Apple plans to release at least three new Macs with its custom co-processors for 2018. Better yet, it’s said that Apple is still on track to get iOS apps working on macOS, likely with the next release of its operating systems.
The possibilities of a MacBook 2018 get even more exciting by the prospect of a brand-new, 13-inch MacBook rumored to release this year in place of the MacBook Air.
So, what do we know at this point about a potential 2018 MacBook, and what new features do we hope it will have in store? Be sure to bookmark this page to get all of the latest news, rumors and our hopes for the MacBook 2018 model.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Apple’s thinnest 2018 laptop
- When is it out? April 2018 at the earliest
- What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – current models
MacBook 2018 release date
None of the most recent reports, rumors or leaks give any lead as to when we’ll see the 2018 MacBook. Of course, we’ll gladly speculate based on the previous three releases of Apple’s 12-inch laptop.
In 2015, Apple released the first MacBook during April, directly following a March keynote. That’s a largely odd time for Apple to release a device, but it’s happened before.
Apple followed suit in 2016 with an April release, but not to the same fanfare as the debut. The most recent MacBook release occurred in June 2017, almost immediately following Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event and alongside the MacBook Pro.
So, this leaves us with two (and a half) distinct possibilities for a 2018 MacBook release. First, Apple could hold another March keynote this year and debut the device there for another April release. Second, the 12-inch MacBook could be under a veil until WWDC 2018 for a June release. And, finally, Apple could release the thing in April with nary a press release – hey, it’s been done before.
Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess as to when we’ll see the 2018 MacBook.
MacBook 2018 price
Again, nothing about the most recent reports and leaks regarding a 2018 MacBook discuss the possible price of the laptop. These types of rumors or leaks usually don’t pop up until we get closer to an actual release, so it makes sense.
This is another area where we’ll have to speculate based on the current MacBook pricing. The entry-level MacBook runs you $1,299, £1,249 or AU$1,899 to start. Only one other model, with more power and storage, goes for another 300 to 450 bills on top of that.
With the pricing so tight here, amounting to minute differences in hardware between offerings, it’s highly unlikely for the MacBook price to budge in either direction. That is short of Apple introducing more capacious storage or higher power options, which will send the price in only one direction: up.
For the MacBook price to come down, something somewhere would have to give – whether that’s storage coming down to 128GB to start rather than 256GB or starting memory dropping to 4GB from 8GB is entirely up to Apple. Again, we find this scenario to be highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
MacBook 2018 specs
There’s only one thing we know with even a sliver of certainty that could be present inside the 2018 MacBook chassis: one of Apple’s new T series custom co-processors. We’ve never seen one inside a 12-inch MacBook before, but there’s a first for everything.
This is especially the case following a recent report detailing that three different Mac computers are likely to ship with these new versions of its ARM processor-based chips designed to execute specific tasks.
Like the T1 (which manages the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and Touch ID) and T2 (which manages the iMac Pro hardware security) before them, these will likely offload key tasks from the Intel processors that will likely be inside the 2018 MacBook models.
What will this mean for the next MacBook? Since this new piece of silicon will be a first for this laptop, anything is possible. We could see the MacBook 2018 replete with Touch ID, powered by the T1 chip, or stronger hardware-level security from the T2 chip – or even a combination of the two.
Beyond this, it’s tough to predict much of anything hardware-wise that will be found in the MacBook we all hope will be released this year, especially considering conflicting reports that Apple won’t make any major changes to its Macs in 2018. Not to mention the fact that we’re also anticipating Apple to release a brand new, 13-inch MacBook this year.
What we want to see in MacBook 2018
All of this uncertainty surrounding a possible MacBook 2018 release is fertile ground for a well-crafted wishlist. So, here’s what we hope to see Apple improve about the MacBook for 2018.
More ports, please
Our biggest bugbear with the 12-inch MacBook, since its launch, has been the incredibly sore lack of ports on the laptop. Still equipped with nothing but a lone Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port and a headphone jack, this absolutely needs to change in the next version. Just one more?
Costing what it does, Apple really needs to inject some more power into its 12-inch MacBooks. With the onset of Intel processors with AMD graphics onboard, this is the perfect opportunity for the 12-inch MacBook to get a power boost that wouldn’t impact battery life.
Stronger audio and video
Speaker performance and webcam quality are two corners that Apple obviously cut through in crafting the MacBook. With the MacBook 2018, this needs to stop. Tinny speakers and a sub-HD webcam for a laptop this expensive simply isn’t acceptable.
iOS apps on MacBook
Now that it’s been talked about for so long, the idea of iOS apps on macOS has grown on us. We’d love to see our favorite iPhone and iPad apps make their way to our laptops. However, Apple needs to figure out how this will work if a MacBook with a touchscreen remains unlikely.
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