Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Refreshed Macs Rumoured to Launch Later This Year

Mark Gurman and Jungah Lee, Bloomberg:

Upcoming software upgrades for the iPad include wider operating-system support for Apple’s stylus accessory, while hardware performance improvements are also in development, according to the people. The refreshed Mac hardware line includes new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop, and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro laptop.

The company hopes to ship the updated iPad software next year, while the Macs are expected as soon as late 2016, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products. Apple has not updated any Macs, besides the 12-inch MacBook, since last year.

That “late 2016” part is such a tease. I doubt that we’ll see Macs at next week’s media event, and I’d bet against a dedicated October event for new Macs. My money is on small-scale one-on-one press briefings.

Federico Viticci also heard in June that more iPad features were coming in a later iOS 10 update. No word on any major Springboard or multitasking changes, however.