Following Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro launch last month, the MacBook lineup is next up for major product updates from Apple. What needs upgrading? All MacBooks are approaching or passing the one year mark since last being updated — MacBook Airs in March of last year, the new 12-inch MacBook in April, and the Retina MacBook Pros in March and May. But where might the new machines leave the rest of the lineup?

Will Apple do some spring cleaning to make room for the new models? Perhaps it will lose the 11-inch option in the process as it pushes the new 12-inch MacBook as its best small-screen laptop? And Apple could potentially do some further reconfiguring if it really launches that rumored ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook model.

With Apple’s usual yearly upgrade cycle, all of the models mentioned above as well as the rumored new configurations are prime candidates for product unveilings at Apple’s upcoming WWDC event held each June. To get a glimpse at what Apple has in store, below we explore what we currently know about the upcoming models based on the latest rumors, reports, and intel, and give you a taste of what to expect at WWDC.

Hardware | Design |

The usual internal upgrades with new Intel processors, storage and graphics options, etc. are to be expected, but rumor has it Apple is also planning some larger changes for the design and overall MacBook lineup. References to an early 2016 12-inch MacBook were discovered in OS X Server, while reports point to thinner 13- and 15-inch models, new metal-injection molded hinges, a rose gold color option, and more. There’s also a whole lot of speculation about which models will get the USB-C-only treatment like the 12-inch MacBook (and likely Thunderbolt 3 in the process), and whether or not the Air brand is on its last leg.

What we know for sure: Mark reported in March that “both new 12-inch MacBooks and upgraded MacBook Pros are in the pipeline for this year. Faster MacBooks are in store for debut by WWDC, potentially in April or May, and new MacBook Pros coming by the second half of the year.” 


Mac OS X |

In addition to likely getting Siri for Mac this fall alongside the new MacBooks, Mark reported in February that Apple is also planning “minor user-interface tweaks across core system application windows” and “performance-focused engineering efforts emphasized in OS X El Capitan last year.”


Concept | Patents

We had a couple interesting MacBook concepts recently, including a look at how Apple could scale up the 12-inch model as rumored, and we also saw some neat possibilities in other products and Apple patents.

Opinion | Feature Request

Need more MacBook talk? Read Ben’s latest piece on how he’d rationalize Apple’s MacBook lineup, and check out our other recent opinion pieces, polls, and feature requests:

Girl using MacBook Selfie Stick in Times Square

Poll |

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Jordan Kahn

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.