Last year came and went without any sign of the new MacBook. Instead, Apple launched the new MacBook Air – which some would claim it replaced. Because the newest thin and light ones have been out for almost 2 years, we are more than ready for the follow-up. It was not surprising that it did not occur in the WWDC 2019 in addition to the redesigned Mac Pro 2019 and macOS Catalina, but we certainly hope that this will happen later this year.
Looking back, the MacBook 2017 is all we've wanted since the thin and light rebirth in 2015 – at least on paper. It features the powerful 7-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors that gave him a huge boost in power, as well as the Butterfly keyboard, which is better than ever, despite some persistent problems.
Now that we have Intel Amber Lake processors, we would love it if the MacBook 2019 were to use it, a huge step forward compared to the 2017 model and give MacBook users an undeniable reason to upgrade. And hopefully it will be just as dramatic as the jump to the new one MacBook Pro to experience.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next 12-inch MacBook
- When will it be out? Later in 2019
- What will it cost? Probably the same as current models
Edition date MacBook 2019
None of the most recent reports, rumors or leaks give any idea when and whether we will see the MacBook 2019. Of course we are happy to speculate on the basis of the previous three releases of Apple ' s 12-inch laptop.
In 2015, Apple released the first MacBook in April, right after a March keynote. That is an increasingly common time for Apple to release a device, but it clearly didn't happen this time.
However, Apple went the whole of 2018 without launching a new 12-inch MacBook, and while we initially thought the debt was coming up Intel ' s 14nm shortage – the Cupertino colossus had no problem extinguishing the MacBook Air 2018.
Moreover, Apple did not present the MacBook 2019 on WWDC 2019, which is not surprising because this year's hardware part focused the keynote entirely on the new Mac Pro 2019 and the 32-inch 6K Retina display, the Pro Display XDR.
However, with the new macOS 10.15 with new functions such as the Apple Music, TV and Podcasts apps (formerly iTunes), Sidecar and Voice Control, Apple could use that opportunity to show off a MacBook that is clearly designed for entertainment – the MacBook 2019.
Still, we'll have to wait until Apple is ready to turn off the MacBook 2019, if it does happen. Do not worry; we will update this page as soon as information comes our way.
MacBook 2019 price
This is another aspect where we must speculate based on the current price of the MacBook.
At the moment the entry level MacBook costs you $ 1,299 (£ 1,249, AU $ 1,899) to get started. Only one model, with more storage and power, goes for another $ 300 to 450. And we think Apple will launch the MacBook 2019 at the same price as these current models.
It was speculated that Apple one cheaper 13-inch MacBook, but that turned out to be the new MacBook Air.
Because the prices here are so tight, with a minimum of small differences in hardware between offers, we will probably not see a fall in prices. The only way we see the current version of the MacBook coming at the price is if Apple introduces significant storage or higher power options, so the price goes up instead of the opposite.
To lower the MacBook price or to bring a cheaper MacBook model alongside a more expensive version, compromises should be made. Apple could lower the memory to 4 GB from 8 GB, but we don't think this will happen, especially since nowadays 8 GB is standard.
Instead, we think the only way to see a cheaper MacBook 2019 would be a MacBook with a 128 GB SSD instead of 256 GB, which could be beneficial for those who have already invested in external drives. Considering how much Apple charges for a bump in storage, lowering that amount would amount to a significant price drop.
We're watching new rumors and updating this article as the price of the MacBook 2019 begins to rise as we get closer.
What we want to see in MacBook 2019
All this uncertainty surrounding a possible MacBook 2019 release is a fertile breeding ground for a well-made wish list.
So while we wait for an official word from the Cupertino colossus, this is what we hope Apple will improve the MacBook for 2019.
MacBook 2019 keyboard and screen
During 2018 there were many rumors that Apple had plans to make a design MacBook with dual screens. One of these screens would be a capacitive touch keyboard. At the beginning of 2019 we came across a rumor that it was touchscreen keyboard would have increased glass and haptic feedback, so it will resemble a traditional keyboard as much as possible. However, it is easy to expect that this will increase the price on every MacBook that it implements.
Even if this touchscreen keyboard does not make its way to the 2019 MacBook, it does not mean that the keyboard with the Butterfly mechanism will not be improved – especially after Apple has admitted that some of the keyboards in recent MacBooks are defective and now offers to repair them for free.
That's why we're pretty sure the MacBook 2019 will have the same third-generation Butterfly keyboard as the new one Macbook Pro while MacBook Air will have with a membrane which makes it less likely to get stuck.
More ports, please
One of the biggest problems with the 12-inch MacBook is the obvious lack of ports since the first release. With only one Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port and a headphone jack, this port situation should definitely change in the MacBook 2019. Even an extra port will help so you can charge while you connect another device at the same time without a dock needed to have.
We have already seen Windows laptops for this achievement. Take the Huawei MateBook X for example with the two USB-C ports or even the similarly priced MacBook Pro, which has two. Perhaps there is also room for a microSD card reader, although that might float.
As much as it costs, Apple really needs to put a bit more power into its 12-inch MacBooks.
On the other hand, the MacBook consistently has energy-efficient Intel Core ' M ' and ' Y ' series CPU ' s used so far, so we wouldn't consider seeing full-fat Ultrabook processors, because they would generate too much heat for the small, thin chassis.
Which Amber Lake CPU ' s from the Y series released by Intel, we would like to see Apple push this new 8th generation of processors into the new MacBook. At the moment, however, these are essentially old technology, so again, we'll just have to see it.
We have also seen some rumors that Apple is planning a ARM-based MacBook at some point, and if it iPad Pro 2018 were an indication, we could certainly see this happen. Apple would just have to make some kinks to run macOS on an ARM system.
It's also safe to assume that Apple will put its T1 or T2 processor in the MacBook 2019, just like with all its latest Mac releases.
Since the 12-inch MacBook does not have a Touch Bar, it is safe to assume that if one of these co-processors is implemented, it will be used for the automatic wake and ' Hey Siri ' functionality that is currently unique to the iMac Pro, MacBook Air 2018 and MacBook Pro 2018.
The Apple MacBook feels remarkably firm in the hand, but over time it can be flooded with scratches – even if you are exceptionally careful. Fortunately for us, Apple recently has one patent describing details for creating ' indestructible ' hardware, via some unique coatings. This will be an excellent option for a premium device that most users won't want to upgrade for four to five years, and will make the MacBook look just as beautiful as the day you opened it.
Of course we don't know if this patent will ever see the light of day or even be used for the MacBook. However, this approach, in addition to the improved Butterfly keyboard found in the MacBook Pro 2018, could make the MacBook 2019 a much more durable device, so we keep crossing our fingers.
Stronger audio and video
The speaker performance and webcam quality are two corners that Apple has clearly cut through when designing the MacBook. With the MacBook 2019 this must stop. Tinny speakers and a sub-HD webcam for a laptop that is so expensive and designed for entertainment is simply not acceptable, and not at this time.
Apple simply needs to improve the webcam to 1080p so that it makes its price tag suggestions more valuable and the problem is solved. However, the speakers are a problem for which we do not necessarily have a solution. Supporting the speakers with down-throwing base modules in the base could work? Otherwise, stick to your better-made external speakers and headphones.
Bill Thomas, Gabe Carey and Michelle Rae Uy also contributed to this report
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