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.
Wait for a 2018 MacBook Pro Release Date that is Close
|One of the reasons to wait is that the 2018 MacBook Pro release date is close. Apple’s shifted to a summer release cycle for MacBooks near the WWDC event the company hosts each summer.
While there is no date or confirmation of the new MacBook Pro yet, it’s very likely that we will see Apple announce the new models and then offer up a 2018 MacBook Pro release date in June, at the start of the annual developer event.
Apple normally announces a new model each year. While the month changes from one year to the next; May, June and July are common for Apple laptop announcements.
It’s a good idea to wait a few months to see if the 2018 MacBook Pro release date sticks to this schedule, even if you decide to buy an older model.
Wait for a New MacBook Pro Color
|Apple sells the MacBook in four color options, but only offers two MacBook Pro color choices for the 2017 model. We could see Apple add in a third MacBook Pro color option this year now that they’ve had plenty of time to iron out any issues in the supply chain.
It’s unlikely that Apple will dramatically change the 2018 MacBook Pro design, so adding a new color is one way they can spice up the looks of the model while keeping production running smoothly.
Rose Gold and Gold are popular color options on Apple products and if Apple only adds one, we’d put money on a Rose Gold MacBook Pro in 2018.
This isn’t a huge reason to wait, but if you like to express yourself with the base color of the MacBook Pro or want it to match up with your other Apple gear it is a consideration.
Wait for a New MacBook Pro Keyboard
|Apple made a big deal about the MacBook Pro keyboard when the company switched to a new switch style and modified layout in 2016 with the new design.
This keyboard allows for a thinner design, but it has less travel and a frustrating placement of the arrow keys. Apple kept it for the 2017 MacBook Pro but there are some major issues.
The new keyboard can fail due to dust or a small piece of hair and the cost to repair this outside of warranty can be $700. Casey Johnston writes at The Outline, “The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life.” Johnston explains, “In every other computer I’ve owned before I bought the latest MacBook Pro last fall, fixing this would have begun by removing the key and peering around in its well to see if it was simply dirty. Not this keyboard. In fact, all of Apple’s keyboards are now composed of a single, irreparable piece of technology. There is no fixing it; there is only replacing half the computer.”
This is a major issue and if you want to see how much dust and debris falls into your keyboard take a keyboard and bounce it on your desk on the side or upside-down and look at how much comes out.
With complaints and issues coming in over several years, we’re hoping Apple has a solution to this planned for the 2018 MacBook Pro, even without a major redesign.
Wait If You’re Looking at the 13-inch w/o TouchBar
|We’re seeing good deals on the 2017 MacBook Pro when there are sales, but if you are looking at the 13-inch MacBook Pro without TouchBar to save money, you may want to wait and see what happens in June. Apple is reportedly working on a 13-inch MacBook Pro that is going to arrive with a cheaper price.
Last year Apple gave the MacBook Air a token update, but it wasn’t the best value leading to many users buying a 13-inch MacBook without the TouchBar or Touch ID. Now we are hearing that we will see a cheaper 2018 MacBook Air and a new cheaper 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Ming-Chi Kou previously reported that we could see a cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air in Q2, which could be this specific device with a different name.DigiTimes mentioned an entry level 13-inch MacBook for Q2, but a new report suggests it won’t come until the second half of the year.
Another report from DigiTimes claims that this entry level MacBook Pro, specifically called a Pro, will come with a 13.3-inch display made from a chinese company. A cheaper screen could allow Apple to lower the price of the MacBook Pro, while still keeping the same 2,560 x 1,600 resolution.
If you’re looking into a 13-inch MacBook Pro for the price, it may be worth holding off to see what Apple delivers in June or this fall.
Don’t Wait if You Need a MacBook Pro Now
|Is your current laptop broken or unusable for work? If so don’t spend months waiting or waste money on a budget Windows laptop to tide you over until June. When your laptop is at the end of it’s life you should look to buy a new one, rather than keep waiting.
If you’re reading this list thinking I should wait and get the awesome new MacBook Pro in June, keep in mind the 2017 MacBook Pro is still very good, it will get software updates for a long time and there are a wide range of options.
You can even find a lot of good deals on the 2017 MacBook Pro already and buy a refurbished MacBook Pro from Apple if you want to save even more.
Don’t Wait for a 17-inch 2018 MacBook Pro
|The 17-inch MacBook Pro was a powerhouse of power and it offered a huge screen to work on, but Apple hasn’t sold a 17-inch laptop for many years and it’s unlikely we will see one come out this year.
Instead of waiting for a 2018 MacBook Pro 17-inch model, you should consider buying a 15-inch MacBook Pro and using the iPad Pro as an external display when mobile. This is still very portable and it works very well with an app like Duet.
Another strike against this idea is the fact that Apple supports external GPUs with macOS High Sierra, so if you need more power while still staying mobile most of the time, you can buy an external GPU to get more graphics power.
Don’t Wait for a New MacBook Pro Design
|Apple updated the MacBook Pro design in 2016, and it is very unlikely that they will change things this year. Apple keeps notebook designs around for a very long time.
We typically see four or five years before major redesigns, even with complaints about ports or keyboards. There are no rumors of a new MacBook Pro design in 2018, which we would expect to see if Apple was making a major change.
Count on the same look, with a potential new color, instead of anything thinner or lighter. We don’t expect to see a major change in the bezel size or a major new screen resolution this year as Apple is focused on display quality still.
Without a redesign, we may not see Apple Add a TrueDepth camera with FaceID in a 2018 MacBook Pro.
Don’t Wait for MacBook Pro Deals
|There are already a lot of 2017 MacBook Pro deals on the 13-inch and 15-inch models. Don’t wait until June just to see if you can save more. If you can find a deal that offers $150 off the base model or several hundred off the higher end models, scoop that deal up.
MacMall routinely offers $50 to $200 off the current MacBook Pro models, and you don’t have to pay sales tax in many states, which increases your up front savings.
Best Buy offers $200 to $300 off the 2017 MacBook Pro right now, and routinely rotates through various deals on the MacBook Pro with both screen options.
There are no shortage of deals if you look outside of the Apple Store, and that will help you save big without waiting.