Will Apple refresh its MacBook Pro at WWDC?

Reports suggest no, but history says otherwise

It's WWDC time again and it's possible Apple may be about to drop its next round of MacBook Pro updates at the developer conference, just as it did last year.

As always, the company is being pretty shady about what's on the cards for the event, but it doesn't tend to break the mould when rolling out update hardware and software. Last year's upgrade included a ramp up to Intel's Kaby Lake processors, a boost in video memory and a new GPU.

If Apple does roll out new professional laptops, they're likely to be only an incremental update, with the biggest change coming in the form of a new eighth-generation Intel chip.

However, some reports suggest that Apple may hold off on releasing new MacBook Pros at the event as it's unclear whether the tech is ready for release just yet - with the focus instead being on software and services.

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Specifically, iOS will be integrated more deeply into MacOS, possibly even taking a leaf from Microsoft's book and allowing iOS apps to run on MacBook Pros and other Apple desktop computers such as the iMac. This would open up the platform to more apps and developers, making it a more attractive option for developers to continue innovating their apps and services.

"People familiar with the plans" say the new MacBook Pro line currently in development will be released later in 2018 rather than at its WWDC conference, as the company is planning to refine the design and launch a lower-cost model to replace the MacBook Air.

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