Apple regulatory filings point to new iPad and MacBook Pro models

Apple regulatory filings point to new iPad and MacBook Pro models

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

Apple WWDC event is about to kick off and a new rumor claims the company could have lined up five new MacBook devices, an iPad Pro up for release. The 2017 MacBook Pro is now powered by Intel's Skylake processors, which were initially unveiled way back in 2015.

The news came from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which said there is more than a 70 percent chance that a 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be revealed at the conference.

As for the 13-inch MacBook Pro model, it's still in stock and available for delivery.

While all eyes have been on a long-rumored refresh on the horizon for some time, a recent development has roped the far younger 12-inch MacBook into those reports.

Only named as the Surface Pro, the new Surface-branded hybrid device is equipped with Intel's latest and greatest processing chipset, the Intel Kaby Lake chip, created to be more advanced than its predecessor chipset offering. The company's Windows 10 devices have housed the technology since January this year, while the 2016 MacBook Pro shipped with the outdated sixth generation of processors. Consomac also discovered a model number (A1843) belonging to a spare part for the Mac, which could possibly be a new wireless keyboard. The 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017 models are reportedly shipping between June 5 to June 7 for the faster option, while June 6 to June 8 for the free shipping option, Mac Rumors reported.

WWDC will also be the first event since the company began moving into its new multibillion-dollar headquarters, Apple Park, which first opened its doors to employees in April. However, the last PowerBook i.e., the Late-2011 model featured either 2.5 GHz or 2.7 GHz i7 processor, 4 GB RAM, and a 750 GB hard drive, retailing for around $2,749 at the time of its launch. The device is expected to be equipped with the A10X chipset, to have thin bezels, and to bring all the benefits of Apple's current "Pro" branded tablets, such as support for the Apple Pencil.

Apple will also mark iPhone 3GS 16GB and 32GB as obsolete by the end of June. iPhone 3GS was a massively successful product in the early days of the smartphone boom.

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