Apple is working on a 2018 MacBook Pro. No, they haven’t announced the plans, but every year Apple starts selling a new MacBook Pro. This guide is going to outline why you might want to wait for the 2018 MacBook Pro release date to buy a new laptop, and why you should stop waiting and buy one today.
If you are looking for a new MacBook Pro your options are to buy a top of the line used 2015 MacBook Pro with tons of ports, buy a 2017 MacBook Pro, or wait a few months to see what Apple does for the new 2018 model.
The MacBook Pro is the Apple laptop for most users with two sizes and a wide range of price points. Apple changed the design dramatically in 2016 and that carries over to the current model. Apple supports notebooks for a very long period so even if you buy the current model you can expect a long period of support.
For many users the 2017 MacBook Pro is still worth buying in 2018, but there are significantly more reasons to wait for the 2018 MacBook Pro release date before you buy a new Apple laptop.
Here are the reasons to wait for 2018 MacBook Pro;
- Better Performance
- The Release is Likely Close
- Wait for a New Color
- Wait for a New Keyboard
- Wait If You’re Looking at the 13-inch W/o TouchBar
You can keep reading to find the latest rumors and also check out the reasons you shouldn’t wait for the 2018 MacBook Pro.
- Don’t Wait if You Need a MacBook Pro Now
- Don’t Wait for a 17-inch 2018 MacBook Pro
- Don’t Wait for a New Design
- Don’t Wait for MacBook Pro Deals
2018 MacBook Pro Rumor Roundup
We expect to see Apple offer a faster, more powerful 2018 MacBook Pro this year. Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities specifically mentions a model with 32GB of RAM for demanding professional users. Kuo originally believed we would see this model in 2017, but it never materialized. There is a good chance we will see this model arrive along with new Intel processors.
We’ve heard many reports that Apple will switch to their own processors, but this will not likely happen in 2018. Bloomberg reports that this will more likely happen in 2020.
The latest report from DigiTimes says that Apple is not planning a massive 2018 MacBook update, which is in line with what we expect design wise. This also lines up with reports that Apple is focusing on a 13-inch MacBook that will replace the MacBook Air as an entry level model, and fill in for the 13-inch MacBook Pro without TouchBar.
Wait for the 2018 MacBook Pro for Better Performance
The 2018 MacBook Pro will likely come with big improvements to performance thanks to new Intel processors and more RAM.
Apple will likely switch to Intel Coffee Lake processors with the new models, which means the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 model should come with a quad-core processor. This is good news for users who like portability, but want more power. This could also deliver a 6-core processor option for the 15-inch MacBook Pro this year with a Core i9 processor that will deliver a lot of power for mobile users.
Intel's new processors reportedly offer a 30% boost in performance over the processors in the 2017 models. We may also see better battery life come from efficiency improvements. Surprisingly Coffee Lake processors don't support LPDDR4 RAM, so don't expect a 32GB RAM option this year.
While there are some rumors Apple is working on their own processors for laptops, like they do for iPhone and iPad, don't expect to see that happen this year as a full processor. Count on seeing it there as a co-processor though.