Buzz has been building about Apple's (AAPL) upcoming iPhone update due out this September, but the company has been extra secretive about the update to its laptop lineup that's coming this summer, sources told Bloomberg.
Apple is expected to announce the changes to the laptops at its annual conference for app developers in early June. The Macbook Pro is getting an improved Kaby Lake processor from Intel (INTC) , the 12-inch MacBook will be updated with a faster Intel chip and the 13-inch MacBook Air may finally get an update that includes a new processor.
While the inner workings of the laptops will be new and improved, their exteriors will look mostly the same as their predecessors, a source said.
The update is coming as some investors question the company's reliance on the iPhone for revenue. The smartphone accounts for nearly two-thirds of Apple's revenue while the Mac lineup accounts for about one-tenth of it. Some Apple fans think the company doesn't pay enough attention to its laptop lineup since it isn't a huge moneymaker. The last time Apple redesigned the MacBook Air was nearly seven years ago and the recently updated 2016 MacBook Pro was released a lengthy 500 days after the previous version.
Apple is under more pressure to deliver on this update after Microsoft (MSFT) released the Surface Laptop earlier this month. The 13.5-inch laptop comes equipped with the new Windows 10 S operating systems and is powered by Intel core i5 and i7 processors. Despite its reasonable $999 price tag, the laptop is thought to be a competitor to Apple's typically pricey laptops and it's geared toward students.
"We want students to feel proud when they pull this out of their bag," said Panos Panay, Microsoft's device chief, at the launch event. "Lots of students use the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, we know that."
Apple is also expected to announce an upgraded version of the macOS operating system at the conference in June. The software updates are usually released in the fall.