Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID for Q4


Apple is reportedly working on a major update to the MacBook Pro which will bring a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The new MacBook Pro is said to come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes and arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016.

While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3.


Notably, Kuo says the MacBook Pro update is the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple” with a “thin and light” design that uses new metal injection mold-made hinges and the butterfly-mechanism keyboards.

Additionally, Kuo predicts a 13-inch notebook will join the 12-inch notebook in Apple’s MacBook lineup. Moving forwards, the MacBook Air will become the company’s entry level device, the MacBook will be the mid level model and the MacBook Pro will remain the high end selection.

The new MacBook Pros will likely feature Intel’s Skylake processors and AMD’s new 400-series Polaris graphics.

[source: MacRumors]
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