Apple updates its iPhones and iPads like clockwork, but it’s been a little while since we got a fresh crop of MacBooks — you know, those clamshell things with physical keyboards that you can plug a mouse into for hyper-efficient Microsoft Word-ing.
The tech corp will hold a media event Thursday, where it’s expected to unveil a new line of laptops. We’ll probably see a 13-inch Macbook Air and two different MacBook Pros (13- and 15-inch models).
The last time these computers saw a substantial update was spring 2015. That isn’t so long ago — especially considering a good laptop should last years — but Apple has nonetheless fallen behind the competition when it comes to hardware. If you’re a consumer who simply must have the latest and greatest, you might lean toward something a bit fresher (like the HP Spectre, a Mashable Choice laptop that’s thin and powerful) rather than a computer that came out early last year.
Apple can’t let that stand.
What we’ll probably see at Thursday’s event
The buzziest change is a new “Magic Toolbar” that will look fancy, piss some people off and supposedly make these computers a bit easier to use.
Rumor has it the new MacBook Pros will have the feature, which replaces the top row of mechanical keys with an OLED touchpad that will display different interactive features depending on what apps you’re using.
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