Apple is reportedly speeding up the product pipeline for new Mac laptops. Following the warm welcome to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, reliable Ming-Chi Kuo now expects Apple to ship new MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro variants in Q2.
Previously, Kuo had said that the 13-inch MacBook Pro would get the new scissor-switch keyboard design in the H1 2020, and the Air would follow a few months later.
The analyst’s updated report now signifies both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will receive updates by the summer. It’s not yet clear if the MacBook Pro update is the same as the 14.1-inch MacBook Pro stated in a previous Ming-Chi Kuo report.
It’s not yet clear if there would also be a spec-bump update for the 16-inch Pro; the report mentions suppliers for the high-volume entry-level Pros.
In a typical year, these laptops could have formed a part of the WWDC keynote, especially if they roll out in June — at the end of Q2. Nonetheless, the fate of WWDC is up in the air because of the coronavirus, so no one knows what Apple is planning for these machines.
Kuo says Apple’s MacBook sales have been more resilient in the wake of coronavirus than other parts of its enterprise. Though the brief production halt impacted both the supply and demand, Kuo expects Apple to start ordering components at full capacity through March-end.