Apple has come up with a major plan to refresh its Mac lineup, including the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, as early as October, according to Bloomberg.
According to report Apple is working on a standalone 5K display in partnership with LG Electronics, while it plans to update iMac models with an option for new graphics chips from AMD.
Consumers will be able to buy the new iMac with an AMD graphics processing unit (GPU), the new report said — that would put the new model on par with previous models.
The report did not say anything about Mac Pro or Mac Mini updates coming in the near future. The former was last updated in 2013 and the latter in 2014.
As for the iPad Pro, it’s expected to receive new software features that will be included in iOS 10. The new features are said to arrive sometime in the first half of 2017. However, one of the sources said that it’s possible that Apple may hold off the new features until iOS 11 later in the said year.
Apple has reportedly named a new feature “Dynamic Function Row” internally and according to reports it works along with touch ID
For example, if a user is on their desktop, the screen will show a virtual representation of the standard function row, which includes brightness and media controls. When in an application, the virtual row will show options specific to the task at hand, but volume controls and a switch to show the default functions will always be present.
Of all Apple’s platforms, the Mac is the oldest, and it has not received as many major updates as iOS. Apple last refreshed the iMac and MacBook Air last year, although the changes were not very significant. Apple is set to refresh the iPhone next week.
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.