If you're in the market for a new MacBook, this is probably not the best time to shop around. Reports are saying that a total refresh of Apple's current crop of laptops is expected within just a few weeks.
This means that the brand new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air you are eyeing may be outdated soon. It's probably best to just wait for the release of the new models and the inevitable price cuts for the current versions set for this month.
Here's what the rumors are saying so far:
MacBook Pro refresh
MacBook Pros may be getting a major refresh because the line hasn't seen any redesigns since mid-2012. Rumored improvements include the replacement of all existing ports in favor of four USB-C connectors. This means we'll say goodbye to the SD card slot, the Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports, and the MagSafe 2 power connector. Interestingly, the leaks suggest that the headphone jack will remain in this revamp.
We may also see the debut of a touch-sensitive OLED bar above the keyboard. This touch bar is said to support a brand new feature codenamed "Dynamic Function Row." With this, the bar will display an ever-changing virtual row of keys and commands depending on the application context - for example, it will show editing keys in iMovie or search and browsing tools in Safari.
Another touch sensitive sensor may also be built into the power button for logging in and for biometric entry, similar to the iPhone's Touch ID system.
And as usual, this new generation of MacBook Pros will have improved battery life.
Similar to the MacBook Pro refresh, the MacBook Air may be dropping all existing ports (SD Card slot, USB 3, Thunderbolt, MagSafe 2) in favor of a single USB-C port. Touch ID may also be incorporated with the power button.
Another improvement we might see in the new MacBook Air is a Force Touch trackpad (a feature already in the current MacBook Pro).
Other rumors suggest that this could be the last MacBook Air refresh we'll see. Allegedly, Apple is planning on dropping the MacBook Air for good in favor of just having two lines: the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.
We'll have to wait and see if all these rumors will come to fruition this month, though. Until then, heed our advice and hold off buying the current generation MacBooks for now. It's wise to just wait and your patience shall be rewarded.