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  • Rumored UltraThin MacBook update coming in second half of 2016

    Today rumors have emerged that Apple is planning to update its ultraportable MacBook with Retina Display, which is rumored to feature a new screen hinge design made from metal injection holding.


    DigiTimes has provided an update on Apple's 12-inch MacBook, which claims that Apple is wanting to launch new models in the second half of 2016. Reports suggest that suppliers are currently competing in hopes of earning orders from Apple when production begins. This rumor would suggest that Apple may not be planning to update its thinnest and lightest MacBook in the future.

    However, Digitimes has been unreliable in the past predicting future plans for Apple but Digitimes occasionally provides accurate information from Apple's supply chains. It must be noted that Digitimes does frequently gets both timing and features wrong upcoming products

    The current report has not made any mention on design changes apart from the fact that there will be MIM hinges, it does not state screen size.

    To achieve an ultra-thin design, Apple's new MacBooks adopt metal injection molding-made (MIM) hinges.

    Amphenol is also a hinge supplier of Microsoft for its Surface Pro because of its special designed hinge.
    - via DigiTimes

    The thin 12-inch MacBook launched one year ago, in April of 2015.

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities expects big things for Apple's MacBook lineup this year. Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted a hardware refresh in June, which would technically be the first half of 2016.

    [via DigiTimes]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumored UltraThin MacBook update coming in second half of 2016 started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Good lord. Apple products get any thinner the wind will bend them!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Yeah cmon seriously anyone else kind of tired of this thin trend? It's great for portability but at what point is it not logical anymore
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Good lord. Apple products get any thinner the wind will bend them!
      😂 I agree
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      Good lord. Apple products get any thinner the wind will bend them!
      Yeah just from holding them!

      This trend grows tiring because the products get lighter and thinner but the specs stay the same, outdated and overpriced. Really I don't understand how people can justify always upgrading to these overpriced products. I'm not a hater and I owned many Apple products, but I never owned a computer. I am considering buying one though since I decided I want to learn how to code (saw a great deal for some online classes on Stack Social for making apps / games and couldn't resist buying it lol).

      Anyway after reading up on multiple forums about which is the best Apple laptop to get for coding in Apple's eco the Mac Book Pro w/ RD kept coming up. Some argued you could get by with an Air or Macbook, but many argued that the entry level one's aren't powerful enough and can run X Code's emulators very slow. But at $2K for a 15" MBPwRD it just doesn't seem like a good deal considering I haven't even added additional memory etc.

      And it's not about being cheap or broke because I have owned multiple iPads and just bought a 128GB iPad Pro 9.7" w/ cellular. I also have owned every iPhone except the 6S. I like Apple (not a fanboy though) when it comes to their phones, tablets, etc but for their computers I just can't seem to understand what justifies paying these ridiculous prices for their computer hardware. If you are making money in their eco system then hey I can understand that, but for someone like me just trying to get a leg in it seems that a Mac Mini with all the trimmings is the best option. But sadly even that is over priced based on the specs. It's really sucks that you can't upgrade them on your own anymore to save money.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by rodnutz View Post
      Yeah just from holding them!

      This trend grows tiring because the products get lighter and thinner but the specs stay the same, outdated and overpriced. Really I don't understand how people can justify always upgrading to these overpriced products. I'm not a hater and I owned many Apple products, but I never owned a computer. I am considering buying one though since I decided I want to learn how to code (saw a great deal for some online classes on Stack Social for making apps / games and couldn't resist buying it lol).

      Anyway after reading up on multiple forums about which is the best Apple laptop to get for coding in Apple's eco the Mac Book Pro w/ RD kept coming up. Some argued you could get by with an Air or Macbook, but many argued that the entry level one's aren't powerful enough and can run X Code's emulators very slow. But at $2K for a 15" MBPwRD it just doesn't seem like a good deal considering I haven't even added additional memory etc.

      And it's not about being cheap or broke because I have owned multiple iPads and just bought a 128GB iPad Pro 9.7" w/ cellular. I also have owned every iPhone except the 6S. I like Apple (not a fanboy though) when it comes to their phones, tablets, etc but for their computers I just can't seem to understand what justifies paying these ridiculous prices for their computer hardware. If you are making money in their eco system then hey I can understand that, but for someone like me just trying to get a leg in it seems that a Mac Mini with all the trimmings is the best option. But sadly even that is over priced based on the specs. It's really sucks that you can't upgrade them on your own anymore to save money.
      Apple sells refurbished products at a discount. They are indistinguishable from new, except they don't come packed in a fancy Apple logo box Ė just a plain white box. I've purchased three refurbished Apple products over the past several years, and couldn't be happier. Everything is identical to new, except for the price.

      Refurbished Mac - Apple Certified - Apple
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      Apple sells refurbished products at a discount. They are indistinguishable from new, except they don't come packed in a fancy Apple logo box Ė just a plain white box. I've purchased three refurbished Apple products over the past several years, and couldn't be happier. Everything is identical to new, except for the price.

      Refurbished Mac - Apple Certified - Apple
      And you saved a whopping $150-200.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Sure they are overpriced but my parents kept getting HP desktops with monitors and warranties and software and paid more than I did upgrading my iMac. They've gone through 3 PCs since my iMac and I'm not one to keep upgrading (I only usually do that with my phones) but the fact that they work and they last. I'm happy. You can buy an $879 iPad but curious about a $1,599 MacBook? I think it's more of people who buy Apple know and understand what they are getting themselves into and if you question it then Apple is not right for you. I hear ASUS is coming around. Especially if all your gonna do is code.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      And you saved a whopping $150-200.
      Oh pardon me, Mr. Moneybags. I had no idea that was such a paltry sum to you. Would you happen to have a spare hundred just lying around you could give me?

      No? I thought not.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      Oh pardon me, Mr. Moneybags. I had no idea that was such a paltry sum to you. Would you happen to have a spare hundred just lying around you could give me?

      No? I thought not.
      Usually itís just that the discount isnít enough to put things into their price range. People who canít afford to drop $1200 on a laptop usually canít afford $1050 either. Itís a significant discount, yes, but that doesnít really open it up to other markets of consumers.
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Sure they are overpriced but my parents kept getting HP desktops with monitors and warranties and software and paid more than I did upgrading my iMac. They've gone through 3 PCs since my iMac and I'm not one to keep upgrading (I only usually do that with my phones) but the fact that they work and they last. I'm happy. You can buy an $879 iPad but curious about a $1,599 MacBook? I think it's more of people who buy Apple know and understand what they are getting themselves into and if you question it then Apple is not right for you. I hear ASUS is coming around. Especially if all your gonna do is code.
      I really can never grasp the meaning of statements like the highlighted when I see them. It always feels like the person who made the comments is so pro Apple that they just turn a blind eye to the obvious. Is this a apple vs oranges statement?

      I'm really curious what your parents using there PCs for that they have had to upgrade 3 times in X amount of years. If they are upgrading that much why not just go with a custom build? For about $1100-1300 you can put together a pretty kick *** PC that would not need any upgrading for many years.

      Anyway I'm derailing this and that's not my intent. I guess you are right... When it comes to Apple computers they probably are just not for me especially when all I plan to use them for is coding and learning how to make iOS apps. I definitely don't mind paying for their other products since I use them for many different things, but paying $1500+ just for a coding book doesn't sit well with my brain as a good purchase.
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      Apple sells refurbished products at a discount. They are indistinguishable from new, except they don't come packed in a fancy Apple logo box Ė just a plain white box. I've purchased three refurbished Apple products over the past several years, and couldn't be happier. Everything is identical to new, except for the price.

      Refurbished Mac - Apple Certified - Apple
      Thanks I'll check it out! It doesn't seem like decent savings but you never know. Sometimes seeing a few hundred dollar difference can change a person's mind.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I've always owned both a Mac and a PC [emoji1]
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rodnutz View Post
      I really can never grasp the meaning of statements like the highlighted when I see them. It always feels like the person who made the comments is so pro Apple that they just turn a blind eye to the obvious. Is this a apple vs oranges statement?

      I'm really curious what your parents using there PCs for that they have had to upgrade 3 times in X amount of years. If they are upgrading that much why not just go with a custom build? For about $1100-1300 you can put together a pretty kick *** PC that would not need any upgrading for many years.

      Anyway I'm derailing this and that's not my intent. I guess you are right... When it comes to Apple computers they probably are just not for me especially when all I plan to use them for is coding and learning how to make iOS apps. I definitely don't mind paying for their other products since I use them for many different things, but paying $1500+ just for a coding book doesn't sit well with my brain as a good purchase.
      I'm not pro Apple but I see too many people with their laptops and desktops complaining and I've grown up with PCs since Windows 95 and tried Apple once and I loved it and stay with it. They are not upgrading they are buying all new desktops. Paying any price on a computer to use Facebook and play mine craft doesn't sit well with a good purchase.
    1. rodnutz's Avatar
      rodnutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      I'm not pro Apple but I see too many people with their laptops and desktops complaining and I've grown up with PCs since Windows 95 and tried Apple once and I loved it and stay with it. They are not upgrading they are buying all new desktops. Paying any price on a computer to use Facebook and play mine craft doesn't sit well with a good purchase.
      I guess I gotta just jump in and try it again. I say again because the only time I ever used a Mac was back in the late 90's when a classmate had one and we mainly used it to write papers and play tetris lol.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Ah, Tetris is the only reason I bought my first mac!

      If your buying a mac to code and write apps, then this falls under the cost of doing business. Sell something to offset the cost!
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      Oh pardon me, Mr. Moneybags. I had no idea that was such a paltry sum to you. Would you happen to have a spare hundred just lying around you could give me?

      No? I thought not.
      [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23]that's funny. I was referring to the fact that saving a $100 or 2 off a laptop that is overpriced at $2k does not make a difference enough to buy it refurbed. If it was a PC priced under $1000 I would say saving 15-20% is pretty good.But I'll be happy to fax you a hundie if you send me your number. [emoji106]