Apple hasn’t significantly upgraded the MacBook Pro since 2012. According to Bloomberg, that is all about to change.
“Apple Inc. is preparing the first significant overhaul of its MacBook Pro laptop line in over four years, according to people familiar with the matter, using one of its older products to help reverse two quarters of sliding sales.”
The updated notebooks will be thinner, will include a touch screen strip, and contain more powerful and efficient graphics processors. The new notebooks have been in advanced testing since early this year and are expected to be released during the fourth quarter. However, the 2016 MacBook Pro likely won’t be announced on September 7 like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be.
After an article on Mac Rumors that quotes Bloomberg’s article, the commenters are very excited.
“Gonna be an expensive end to the year. iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and a new MacBook Pro,” says SMIDG3T
“We’re getting closer. I can almost taste it,” claims Dydegu.
The new MacBook Pro couldn’t come at a more important time for Apple, which has been seeing a sales decline of all its products. As the Telegraph recently pointed out, Apple’s profits have fallen for the second consecutive quarter.
“On Tuesday night, the company reported a 27pc decline in quarterly profits and a slide in revenue, as it struggled to boost sales of the iPhone almost 10 years after it was released.”
The article notes that Apple also predicts sales would fall in the next quarter and that this has presented the biggest challenge to CEO Tim Cook since Steve Jobs died five years ago. An opinion piece at Tech Times recently indicated that Tim Cook really “needs to go.”
“As soon as he assumed his position at the helm of the company, Cook was met with skepticism. He had huge shoes to fill, as late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was viewed as an iconic figure, a visionary and a true leader. When Cook took over, most industry experts and analysts questioned whether he’d be up for the part — would he continue Jobs’ legacy, or taint it.”
The article, which quotes different analysts, says that Apple without Steve Jobs is like the Doors without Jim Morrison. A lot of people on Twitter seem to agree.
While many MacBook Pro fans are excited that Apple is making a significant upgrade to the Pro line, the same can’t be said about the iPhone.
Yahoo Tech asked if Apple was shooting itself in the foot with their new “boring” iPhone.
“Some people have already made up their mind about the iPhone 7 – or whatever Apple ends up calling its 2016 iPhone series. It’s going to be ‘boring’ because it’ll have the same design as the iPhone 6s. It’s also going to be annoying because it’ll come without the standard 3.5mm audio jack,” says columnist Chris Smith.
The lack of headphone jack is what appears to be causing the most controversy with the new iPhone. The Verge calls this “user-hostile” and stupid. After all, even though wireless headphones have improved a lot over the past couple of years, the sound is generally inferior to wired headphones. Then again, the difference in sound will most likely bother audiophiles rather than the general music-listening public.
There is no indication that the headphone jack will be missing from the 2016 MacBook Pro. In any case, with the upcoming iPhone 7 series, the new Apple Watch, and the new MacBook Pro, Apple hopes to prove its critics completely wrong by the end of 2016.
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