MacBook Pro Will Not Get a Major Update This Year

MacBook Pro Will Not Get a Major Update This Year

Apple MacBook will not get an upgrade in 2018, according to a new report in Digitimes, quoting supply chain sources.

While that may happen down the road, it looks like no significant MacBook Pro updates are planned for 2018, if a new report on Monday morning is to be believed. Quanta dominates MacBook production, commanding a 79.5% share to Foxconn's 20.5% share.

The sources also indicated that Foxconn is already expected to commence mass shipments to fulfil Apple's orders in the second quarter.

However, the report points out a very interesting statistic, that despite Foxconn receiving more MacBook orders this year, Quanta will continue to be Apple's biggest MacBook supplier for 2018. With the new production schedule, Quanta will be not removed but it sounds like it will lose about 30% to give both companies an even split of orders. Quanta Computers, in an attempt to recover its losses from the expected shift, is pushing orders from other manufacturers in its latest Request For Quotation (RFQ) processes, Digitimes claims.


The sources pointed out that Apple started outsourcing the assembly for some of MacBooks' components to Foxconn's plants in Shenzhen, China in the second half of 2017.

Supply chain sources told DigiTimes that Apple is going to shift a major slice of its MacBook orders from Quanta Computer to Foxconn this year. It also does not discount some revisions to the butterfly low-travel keyboard, which has received many complaints from users with keys getting easily stuck on the 2016 and 2017 models. As of now, Quanta is the largest notebook supplier for HP, Apple, Acer and Asustek Computers.

Lenovo now has over 50% of its notebooks made by its in-house manufacturing subsidiary, while the rest is shared between Compal Electronics and Wistron. Dell's orders are majorly handled by Compal and Wistron.

Apple is not looking to refresh its MacBook Pro range this year, and can thus afford to shuffle suppliers in order to save on cost, the report adds.

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