A new report from Macworld suggests that the Macs that Apple launched in November 2016 are, indeed, better than those released last year.
The report suggests that Apple has taken steps to make the Mac lineup “beta” and has been actively working to get Macs “to the beta level,” the level at which Macs can be considered “stable” and thus worthy of being considered an official OS.
It also argues that Apple is in the midst of a transition to a new operating system, iOS 10, and that Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro with Retina display is the only Mac to be based on that OS.
“The Macs released in November of last year are far and away the best Macs ever,” said Steve Doyon, senior director of product marketing and strategy at Macworld.
“And they’re better than the Mac versions released a year earlier.
It’s a matter of just doing a little bit more work, and we’re doing it to bring our customers better value.”
The report, which was authored by Doyan, was released on Wednesday, and it focuses on the Mac’s first major update, OS 10.13.1, which debuted on October 28.
It is believed to be the first update to Apple’s operating system to incorporate Retina graphics, as well as improvements to the Macbook Pro’s keyboard, trackpad, and Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
“Apple is working with its manufacturing partners to make sure that their products are ready for the launch of the next generation of Macs in 2020,” Doyn said in a statement.
Apple has previously stated that it will release an operating system update for each of its next three new Mac models in 2019, with the most recent release expected to come in December 2020.
The Mac Pro will be the last of Apple’s flagship Mac lineups to be launched before the end of 2021.