Seven new MacBooks inbound, could include redesign led by new Pro Workflow Team
Apple has registered seven new MacBook models with the Eurasian Economic Commission. Usually, at this point, it means the new models are set for launch within the next few months, but it has got MacBook fans hopes up for refreshes and possible redesigns among them. The new model numbers are A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182 and A2251.
Apple hasn't had a great time of late with all of its MacBook lines plagued by malfunctions with the 'revolutionary' butterfly keyboard mechanism Apple introduced on the 12-inch MacBook back in late 2015. With the launch of the new 8-core MacBook Pro models in the last few weeks, Apple has now iterated the design for a fourth time in the hope that it will finally kill off the problem.
If Apple was to switch to the fourth-generation mechanism for the new models, the 12-inch MacBook would be a good place to start as it hasn't seen a refresh since June 2017, which has left it stuck with a second-gen mechanism. The more recent MacBook Air could also do with a keyboard upgrade as it is stuck with a third-gen mechanism. However, hopes are ripe that the new MacBook listings includes a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro model.
Apple has created a Pro Workflow Team that led to the launch of the all-new Mac Pro. The team is also said to be working on the MacBook Pro line as well as Apple's iPad Pro line. It is hoped that the 16-inch model will return Apple to the its once headlining status as the maker of the best pro notebooks on the market. This could include dropping the Touch Bar and reintroducing a variety of ports instead of the USB-C only approach that has left pros carrying dongles with them wherever they go.