Apple could refresh MacBook Air and MacBook Pro this Fall

Apple is expected to refresh its MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Pro products later in the year, according to a new report from Jeff Lin at IHS Markit.

Lin previously suggested that Apple was to introduce a new 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year, but it now appears as though more of the Mac lineup will see changes.

As shared by Forbes in a recent expose, “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 reports, Lin also said that the 13-inch MacBook Pro would be handed a processor refresh in September, too – referring to the base model rather than the version with the controversial Touch Bar.

The 13-inch Pro with Touch Bar was upgraded alongside other MacBook Pros last month with a new butterfly keyboard.

The MacBook Air, on the other hand, was last given a refresh in October 2018, when it finally received its long-awaited Retina display, new color options, a larger trackpad and more, bringing it in line with the rest of the MacBook family to create a – quite often – indistinguishable MacBook from the rest of the range, despite its thinner size.

Could these changes come in September?

Traditionally, Apple has shied away from releasing refreshes to its Mac range in September, as that’s the month of its annual keynote to show off new iPhones and Apple Watches, but Lin’s previous report suggests the 16-inch MacBook Pro will launch in September.

Whether this is inaccurate or Apple is planning to host another all-bells, all-whistles keynote presentation where it shows off dozens of new products remains to be seen.

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