If you’re looking forward to this year’s new Apple MacBooks, then there might be news for you. According to recent reports, Apple isn’t planning any major upgrade to the MacBook Pro lineup.
Further, the same report also mentions that Apple will apparently be shifting a major portion of its MacBook orders to Foxconn this year, moving the majority from Quanta Computer. Foxconn is reportedly expected to start fulfilling the new orders with mass MacBook Pro shipments in the second quarter.
“The sources revealed that Foxconn had been aggressively working to land more MacBook orders from Apple during the past few years by offering attractive quotes. Since Apple has not had a major upgrade to its MacBook product line since the releases of its new MacBook Pro devices at the end of 2016 and has no plan for one in 2018, the US-based vendor is planning to shift orders for models that are already in mass production to Foxconn to save costs and reduce risks,” read a DigiTimes report.
However, the report points out a very interesting statistic, that despite Foxconn receiving more MacBook orders this year, Quanta will continue to be Apple’s biggest MacBook supplier for 2018. DigiTimes‘ research indicates that Quanta has shipped four times as many MacBooks as Foxconn over the last five years, with Quanta taking 79.5 percent of orders in 2017 compared to Foxconn’s 20.5 percent.
“Foxconn is expected to begin mass shipments to fulfill the new orders in the second quarter of 2018, said the sources…The sources pointed out that Apple started outsourcing the assembly for some of MacBooks’ components to Foxconn’s plants in Shenzhen, China in the second half of 2017.”
Moreover, although the claims a lack of a major MacBook Pro upgrade, considering that there has been a four-year gaps between the second, third, and fourth generations, it is still entirely plausible that Apple makes some considerable changes to the internals, while keeping the main chassis of the hardware largely unchanged. Apple does typically refresh its lines with new components during the generation, adding new processors and other upgrades to the mix.
An Apple Insider report claims that with the new notebook line, “Apple may also want to adopt Intel’s new Titan Ridge chipset for Thunderbolt 3, an upgrade that would enable DisplayPort 1.4 connections, allow 8K screens to run at 30Hz without compression, and a fallback to USB 3.1 speeds if a connection does not involve a Thunderbolt 3 host.”