The Apple Online Store has run out of inventory of the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring Touch Bar configurations. Individuals who order one now can expect to receive it between the 5th June and 7th June 2017. Online retail giant Amazon is also reporting limited stock availability for these models.
It just so happens that 5th June is the date for the keynote address at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, which could be an indication of an imminent hardware refresh announcement. Despite this conference being predominantly billed as a software event, this time there are several rumours that hardware updates will be announced.
When the efficiency of shipping dates at the Apple Online Store start to decline, it might be a hint that a new device is on the cards. When those dates happen to be concurrent with a major Apple event, this becomes even more likely.
We have seen reports of small upgrades to Apple’s Mac notebooks, with the tech firm supposedly updating the MacBook Pro to Kaby Lake chips for the first time. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is shipping without any delays, so no updates should be expected there.
There are also rumours about the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Air being refreshed, but delivery times are normal at the moment.
Apart from Macs, some expect a new iPad Pro to be announced. The body will be similar to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it will boast a 10.5-inch screen and smaller side bezels.
There are also rumours about an Apple answer to the Amazon Echo. Provisionally called Siri Speaker, this product will concentrate on speaker quality for wireless playback of Apple Music.
Despite all of this, the WWDC will be an event focused mainly on software. There have been rumours for some time surrounding a software update for the Siri platform, and Apple is expected to announce iOS 11, tvOS 11, macOS 10.13 and watchOS 4.