WWDC forecast: Kaby Lake MacBooks with a chance of Air
Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California is coming up on June 5. The keynote address will be livestreamed here on the day of, but there is already no shortage of predictions and alleged inside information for what Apple is planning to announce. Here is a brief round-up of what we can expect from this year's WWDC, courtesy of IHS Markit and Forbes:
With Coffee Lake and Cannonlake on the 2H 2017 horizon, the MacBook Pro 13, 15, and MacBook are all expected to be updated to Kaby Lake. Waiting longer than WWDC to update to Kaby Lake would likely mean (once again) being a generation behind on launch. Each notebook line is expected to recieve the Kaby Lake upgrade to its current CPU: the MacBook will get a Kaby Lake-Y, the MacBook Pro 13 a Kaby Lake-U, and the MacBook Pro 15 a Kaby Lake-H CPU.
An interesting prediction is the possible refresh of the MacBook Air at WWDC. Once assumed to be discontinued by the introduction of the no-touchbar MacBook Pro, IHS says that they are seeing new production for the 11.6-inch air. A 13.3-inch Air refresh is also in the works, but analysts are less bullish on its appearance at WWDC. Experts believe the 11.6-inch Air will be focused on education or developing markets.
Another distinct possibility is the launch of a new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro coinciding with the updated MacBooks. Software-wise, the latest versions of iOS, MacOS, watchOS, and tvOS are also expected.