New Surface Pro-Like Hinges Might Make MacBooks Thinner


Apple is looking to make its MacBooks thinner by hitting up the company that makes the hinges for the Microsoft Surface Pro. According to Cult of Mac, Apple is in talks with the company who makes those hinges to possibly make something for the company’s MacBooks. The hinges in question are the ones on the Surface Pro not the one on the Surface Book, which is amazingly innovative and unique. We can’t say how much space the Surface Pro like hinge would save but it certainly should bring the profile down a bit more.

Apple has been accused of copying other technology companies in the past and most recently been accused of no longer being innovative. It’s likely Apple will not use the exact same design as the hinge on the Surface Pro as the device is completely different from the MacBooks but the idea and application are the same. The company that makes these hinges, Amphenol, is likely not going to pass up an account like Apple. Making Apple parts will command a premium price which could make Amphenol a pretty penny.

Thanks to its new association with Apple, Amphenol will take some component orders away from existing Cupertino suppliers Shin Zu Shing and Jarllytec, according to sources in the supply chain.

Cult of Mac speculates that an announcement concerning Ampehnol and the new hinge could be made at this years WWDC in June. Depending on supply, R&D time, and manufacturing it’s entirely possible the new hinge could show up on 2017 MacBooks. It will be interesting to see if they can make such a hinge for the MacBook 12″ and reduce that device’s footprint.

What do you think of Apple switching to a Surface Pro-like hinge for their MacBook lineup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.


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