Apple needs a lot of catching-up to do as the cheaper Chromebooks has officially overtaken the stylish MacBooks in the first quarter of 2016. Which is probably why there are quite a number of ‘leaks’ and speculations surrounding the latest upgrade of the famous laptop line.
The latest info we got is definitely worth considering: Thinner laptops with OLED screen and touch ID! An iPhone disguised as a laptop? We won’t go there but the new specs are definitely attractive. According to this report by 9to5Mac, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by the site’s sources, said that Apple plans to introduce a ‘dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year.’ This might time during their later September launch, but fans are also not ruling out a late fourth quarter release.
Kuo says the device will definitely sport a more streamlined look — good news to those who are big fans of Apple’s minimalist design. It will be “thinner and lighter” with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook Pro 2016, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard. The report explains that the MacBook Pro updates are the “brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts” and will come to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.
This news is something Apple needs as sales of the more preferred laptops came second to sleek, yet much cheaper Chromebooks.
Apart from the thinner look, 9to5 Mac also reported that the OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while the design will adopt new metal injection molded hinges as reported earlier this year. Additionally, the refreshed MacBook Pros are said to feature USB-C support and Thunderbolt 3.
The MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to arrive later this month, but some are speculating that it might come earlier than expected as older models now going on sale.