At last week's WWDC, Apple's Mac product line did not have any updates, even if the processor did not upgrade, although this is not very surprising, but it still makes potential MacBook, iMac and Mac Pro buyers disappointed. So now it seems that Apple is likely to prepare a series of hardware for the Mac this fall. What can Apple do to make up for the WWDC's regret?
Foreign media CNET issued a document today saying that if Apple can achieve the following five points, then the prospects of the Mac will be very clear.
First, repair MacBook keyboard problems
Everyone hates the Butterfly 2 keyboard of the MacBook and MacBook Pro because it lacks enough feedback. The user is like typing on a piece of paper, and the keyboard is very easy to get into dust. Paper and other debris will be inside it. The structure is stuck, and then you have to send your MacBook for repair at a cost of up to $700 for maintenance. For this flaw, MacBook and MacBook Pro users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple.
So if Apple can use the new keyboard design, or directly return to the butterfly generation keyboard will be much better, in addition to thin and light butterfly second generation keyboard, almost nothing, for a good keyboard, many users do not mind MacBook thick On a little bit.
Second, let TouchBar become truly optional
Although many people use the TouchBar every day to use it to adjust screen brightness, volume, or other system tasks, it is not really a very popular feature and many Mac users don't care about it. And Apple did not give them enough choice, for example, whether the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro has a TouchBar price gap of 500 US dollars, and they have some other configuration differences, Apple may want to launch more models.
15 inches is more serious, only the version with TouchBar, if Apple introduced a 15-inch MacBook Pro without TouchBar, many people will choose it because of the difference of a few hundred dollars.
Third, Mac Pro This update
After the Mac Pro was released in 2013, Apple has not updated this powerful “garbage bin” again, but many users with professional photo and video processing needs have been waiting for updates. Professionals such as 3D modelers also belong to this category. user.
Apple promised last year that it would "completely rethink the Mac Pro's product design." If nothing else, the new Mac Pro should meet us in 2019 and will adopt a modular design that allows users to easily upgrade the configuration, or It is to choose the configuration that best suits you.
But even if we can't meet the Mac Pro in 2018, we should expect that Apple will not release some relevant news, and then consider whether to wait for the Mac Pro or purchase the iMac Pro.
Fourth, the popularity of the MacBook Air update
This device was first released in 2008, but ten years later, it did not change the subversive, only CPU and other components upgrades. But even so, it is still the most popular MacBook, coffee shop and other places frequent visitors. According to previous rumors, the new MacBook Air will be further thinned, and equipped with a Retina screen, and the outside world is suspected that Apple will not retain the Air suffix.
Fifth, do not simplify the interface
MacBook and MacBook Pro, Apple removed all interfaces other than USB-C, because USB-C can take into account functions such as power interface, data interface, video transmission interface and accessory connection interface, but you have to admit when we external monitor The use of a wired mouse, USB-A or HDMI interface is required when inserting a USB flash drive, and the connector is too cumbersome.
No matter what new products Apple will release in the second half of the year, we do not expect him to bring other interfaces back on the MacBook, but at least do not remove the data interfaces on other Mac products.
Do you think that Mac's point of view in the second half is even less than iPhone? So now the outside world is speculating that in the second half of the year Apple will have two conferences, one for the September iPhone conference and one for the October Mac series conference.