MacBooks are like Mercedes-Benz's of the computer world. They're a little pricier -- and similarly, competitors can be had for quite a bit less coin. Yet their design and ease-of-use are legendary, and the appearance of a Mac at your local coffee shop or library is sure to turn heads compared to a basic PC laptop.
Despite their price, MacBooks still tend to fly off the shelves any time a new model is released. Suffice to say, this hasn't happened in quite some time. In a world where the iPhone line receives a new model every fiscal year, MacBooks are woefully neglected by their parent company -- with multi-year gaps sometimes occurring between product launches. The current line of 12 inch MacBooks, for example, hasn't seen an update in two years. And Apple's largest laptop, the 17 inch MacBook Pro, was last released in 2011 before disappearing from the company's lineup in 2012.
All that is about to change, though. Whispers of a brand new MacBook are beginning to make the rounds -- and get this, they're said to be bigger and better than ever. If you were thinking of picking up one of these iconic machines anytime soon, you might just want to hold off for now. I'll explain why, along with the latest updates on Apple's mysterious new laptops.
The big Mac: missing in action?
It's been nearly eight years since Apple last released a large-scale laptop for professional users. The 17-inch MacBook Pro was a powerful machine in its own right, but the main attracting point for prospective buyers was its crisp, beautiful screen that dwarfed the monitors carried by the company's other portable offerings.
The deluxe-sized MacBook Pro, however, was not to last. After just a few years in production, Apple stopped manufacturing the machine in 2012. Its latest update had come just one year prior, making it a short-lived, if highly sought after, product.
The absence of a high-end professional MacBook Pro left the company's 15-inch model to fill in the void for the graphic designers and creatives that preferred the 17-inch's larger screen real estate. Many of these users continued to cry out to Apple for a more powerfully configured MacBook option since the line had begun to trend towards general consumers rather than the "Pros" of its namesake.
Hope on the horizon
According to predictions by supply-chain analysts and industry insiders, Apple is set to finally give professional users what they've been craving. In a report obtained by Forbes, the analysts stated that Apple plans to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro model with a high-res 3,072-by-1,920 resolution.
This would be the most significant MacBook announcement in years and would fit squarely within Apple's new strategy to court Pro users that may have become disillusioned with the company's attempt to woo general consumers into its computer family.
This year, we've already seen the announcement of Apple's re-engineered Mac Pro, so the release of a deluxe MacBook Pro wouldn't be too far out of the ordinary.
Needless to say, the system would be a boon for creative users, who could fully take advantage of the larger screen for photo and video editing, computer animation and music production.
Should I wait for the upcoming MacBook Pro?
Whether you go with the larger upcoming MacBook Pro is a matter of personal preference, but there are a few factors to consider before you choose to wait (or not).
If you're the type who primarily uses your computer to browse the web, check email and connect with family on Facebook and other social media platforms, this computer is probably not for you. Due to its large screen, high resolution, and (in all likelihood) powerful processor, the 16-inch MacBook Pro would be an overpowered machine for these relatively simple tasks.
High-end machines come with the equipment they have because it's necessary for demanding work they do -- like rendering hours of audio and video. Combined with how expensive this machine is likely to be, your money is better spent on a cheaper machine that is optimized for your daily uses.
That said, if you have a hard time reading things on a smaller monitor, a large screen can be a powerful boost to your productivity. Some users with vision troubles find that larger displays do wonders for their time on the computer, so much that they've found it difficult to switch back after using one. Once again, you'll need to reckon with the price, though.
Ultimately, a more powerful Mac might be overkill for a daily driver, but if you're a lover of big screens, or simply need a workhorse for intense creative endeavors, this upcoming system may be exactly what you're looking for.
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