Apple last updated the MacBook Pro line on 7 June at WWDC 2017 that its Pro laptops have been upgraded to faster Kaby Lake processors – the refresh came just eight months after the launch of the Touch Bar MacBook Pro in October 2016. But not everyone was happy with the update.
Many fans had been hoping that the RAM cap would be lifted to 32GB, and there were also rumours of an Apple-designed chip to improve low-power performance mode, which did not materialise. In this article, which will be regularly updated, we examine some of the rumours about the 2018 MacBook Pro.
In November 2017 Apple’s head of design Jony Ive admitted to being aware of the disappointment and criticism regarding the MacBook models.
Speaking at Smithsonian Magazine’s Future of Design event in Washington DC in December, (listen to the recording here), Ive said: “Absolutely, all of your feelings and feedback around the MacBook you use, we couldn’t want to listen to more… And we hear – boy, do we hear.”
You can read more about the current MacBook Pros here – 2017 13in MacBook Pro review and 2017 15in MacBook Pro review. We also have a comparison of the two models and a comprehensive Mac buying guide.
2018 MacBook Pro: Design
Looks-wise we’d be very surprised if Apple made any significant departures from the new look unveiled in 2016. However, it’s possible Apple may tinker with the colour options.
The MacBook Pro series currently comes in two colour finishes: silver and Space Grey, while the MacBook series is available in Gold and Rose Gold as well. Is the MacBook Pro ever likely to adopt the gold colour?
It’s a possibility. But our prediction is that Apple will continue to offer gold as an option on its consumer-focused laptops, while keeping the more business-like silver and grey for the professional machines.
2018 MacBook Pro: 4K Screen
The current MacBook Pro models have impressive screens: 2880 x 1800 on the 15.4in model, and 2560×1600 on the 13.3in one.
However, there are calls for Apple to increase the pixel count on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and offer a 4K display – something that Dell, HP, and Asus are already offering. Apple is lagging in this area.
In addition, while the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro can output the full DCI P3 colour space used for films for digital cinema output, as our colleague on Digital Arts notes in his review: “It’s the Adobe RGB colour space that really matters as this is what’s used internally by tools from Photoshop to Illustrator to Premiere Pro – and again here the MBP is lacking. In our tests with a DataColor Spyder5Elite colorimeter, we found that the MacBook Pro’s screen can output 91 percent of the colours in the Adobe RGB.”
In their tests Dell’s Precision 5510 and the Wacom MobileStudio Pro could output 91 percent of the colours in the Adobe RGB. In the next version of the MacBook Pro we’d like to see an improvement here.