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It looks like new MacBooks are on the way

Return of the Mac

It looks like new MacBooks are on the way
14 June 2019

In the somewhat unlikely event of you having another tab open with a MacBook in your basket, you might want to hold off a few months.

It looks like new MacBooks will be on the way soon: potentially seven different flavours, which is quite a big deal. As spotted by MacRumors, seven new products have been registered by Apple in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, and they’re referred to as “portable computers”.

You won’t get many hints from the model numbers, which sound more like roads than computers, but here they are anyway: A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182, and A2251.

So let’s speculate instead. Well, the most obvious contender for a refresh is the 12-inch MacBook, which hasn’t been updated since June 2017. The MacBook Air is another possible, if Apple wants to go down the annual update route, as it got introduced nine months ago – that’s two. The Touch Bar-free MacBook Pro might also be a contender, as it’s untouched since 2017. Three down, four to go.

That’s when it starts to get a bit harder. A 16-inch MacBook Pro is strongly rumoured, too, so that’s four. If the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars also get a refresh, that takes us to six. Then what? A return of the 11-inch MacBook Air? A MacBook with built-in 4G? Who knows?

Well, we should in a few months. In the past when Apple has registered devices with the Eurasian Economic Commission database, the products have been announced a few months later, so hopefully we can stop wildly speculating soon. Whatever Apple makes, it likely won’t be cheap, so you should probably consider the best MacBook alternatives while you’re here.