MacBook Air and Possibly 13-Inch MacBook Pro Without Touch Bar Said to Receive Processor Refresh in the Fall

Apple plans to refresh its MacBook Air lineup with faster processors in September, according to IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin's latest Emerging PC Market Tracker report, published Thursday and shared by Forbes:
Apple is also expected to update the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and Retina ‌MacBook Air‌ with the new MacOS Catalina and new processors in September, according to Lin.
Forbes also cites Lin as saying the 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ receiving a processor refresh in September as well, which likely refers to the base model without the Touch Bar, dubbed the "MacBook Escape" for its physical Esc key. The 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ with Touch Bar just received a processor refresh in May.

The ‌MacBook Air‌ was last updated in October 2018, when it received a long-awaited Retina display, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, butterfly keyboard, larger trackpad, Touch ID, Thunderbolt 3 ports, new color options, and more.

Apple rarely refreshes any Macs in September, often waiting for October instead, but these would be fall updates either way. IHS has close ties to Apple's supply chain, having accurately revealed the original 10.5-inch iPad Pro's resolution nearly four months in advance and LTPO on the Apple Watch.

Lin also believes that Apple plans to release the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro in September. Again, this could end up being October too, but it sounds increasingly likely that the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ is coming this year.

Related Roundups: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Tags: IHS, Jeff Lin

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8 months ago
Touch Bar, the most useless and gimmicky tech

I regret wasting $3k on it back in 2016
Rating: 36 Votes
8 months ago
Maybe refresh all of the laptops to eliminate the touch bar? The gimmick trial is over, I'm tired of the phantom ESC taps.
Rating: 33 Votes
8 months ago
Touch Bar is complete garbage. I welcome this model. Please don’t limit storage and ports again on this “cheaper” MBP.
Rating: 33 Votes
8 months ago
Refresh non-touchbar 15" MBP, coward!
Rating: 31 Votes
8 months ago
+1 for MBP 15” without touchbar.

Realistically we all know Apple loves sticking to certain useless innovations
Rating: 23 Votes
8 months ago
512GB SSD and 16GB RAM should be standard for MBPs. Without increased prices.
Rating: 21 Votes
8 months ago
How about a keyboard refresh? "Refresh" meaning a top-to-bottom redesign.
Rating: 14 Votes
8 months ago
A non-touch bar 13" macbook pro (or air) with 32GB RAM and a quad core CPU would be my next laptop, I will just get rid of my 2018 MBP 15" 6core. Now, if only they would also put back the old scissors keyboard, a matte screen and user replaceable NVME and RAM ...
Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago
Time to lower prices across the board, or bump the base storage of the entry configurations to 256GB. Timmy, you can do it!
Rating: 11 Votes
8 months ago
Drop the touch bar and give me FaceID and we're set. I don't care what size as long as it's a Pro.
Rating: 10 Votes

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