Rumors have been flying around lately about the 2015 MacBook Air, but what does it mean for the MacBook Pro? Will Apple’s power notebook take after the new 12-inch ultra-portable laptop?
The 2015 MacBook Air is rumored to be a semi-drastic overhaul over the current MacBook Air lineup, with new features and a slightly new design that would give the laptop the fresh new look that it deserves.
It’s rumored to come with a 12-inch screen, the new USB Type-C ports, a thinner design, a Retina display, and Intel’s new Broadwell processors, which will increase battery life and allow for a fanless design thanks to cooler operating temperatures.
However, what does this mean for the MacBook Pro? Will the power laptop get similar treatment as the 2015 MacBook Air? Apple hasn’t really overhauled the MacBook Pro since 2012 when it introduced a thinner design and the Retina display, but this year could be the year where the company takes cues from the rumored 2015 MacBook Air and makes some changes to the MacBook Pro
One thing that is almost a guarantee is that new 2015 MacBook Pros will certainly come with Intel’s new Broadwell processors. However, we’re guessing that we’ll still see a couple fans built into the body since Apple will most likely use higher-performance chips. The good news is that the new Broadwell CPUs should deliver excellent battery life that could top the current Haswell lineup, which already offers excellent battery life.
These new Broadwell processors are designed to run at a ridiculously-low 4.5 watts, which if you don’t know a lot about how much power processors use, 4.5 watts is simply crazy low. Thus, these new chips are destined for the next-generation fanless MacBook Air.
Likewise, these new chips can run at lower frequencies, which means they’re a little slower than what most mid-tier processors run at, but the trade-off is way better battery life in the MacBook Air. It’s possible that Apple could incorporate the best of both worlds with the 2015 MacBook Pro.
Another big feature that’s rumored to come with the 2015 MacBook Air is the new USB Type-C standard, which allows connectors to plug in in any direction.
However, the switch to the new USB Type-C standard could mostly be because of the thinner design, although it’s also killing two birds with one stone because Apple will now be able to use the latest and greatest USB standard. Furthermore, the new USB port could also come with DisplayPort functionality, allowing users to plug in displays through the USB port. This could cut down on the amount of ports needed on the new laptop, but this is still very much a rumor and isn’t close to even being confirmed yet.
However, recent leaks suggest that the MacBook Air will come with fewer ports, because the new USB connection will supposedly support more than just USB devices. The same could be said with the 2015 MacBook Pro. While Apple’s power notebook has always been aimed at power users who take advantage of more ports, the laptop has had less and less ports, with the 2012 redesign getting rid of Ethernet, FireWire, and the disc drive.
It’s possible that Apple could go even further with the 2015 MacBook Pro, getting rid of the SD card slot, maybe a Thunderbolt port, and possibly the HDMI port in favor of USB Type-C all around. We wouldn’t expect the MacBook Pro to get the same overhaul as the MacBook Air as far as the port selection goes, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple make the MacBook Pro thinner by getting rid of some of the port options.
As for when we’ll see the 2015 MacBook Pro, that’s completely up in the air at this point, but the 2015 MacBook Air is rumored to launch at some point in the next few months, as multiple reports have suggested that production for the new notebooks is already underway.