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]

Here’s what the ‘i’ in iPhone means


We’ve been seeing it for years. The iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad — the omnipresent “i” prefix has marked most Apple products since the release of the iMac in 1998. But why? What does it mean?

The Internet has been abuzz recently with remembering exactly what Apple’s “i” stands for. At an Apple event in 1998, Steve Jobs introduced the iMac, explaining the link between “i” and “Mac.”

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“iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh,” he said. “We are targeting this for the no. 1 use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is to get on the Internet simply and fast.”

In 1998, the “i” in iMac stood for Internet. Jobs followed these statements with a slide that expanded upon what else the “i” means to Apple:


Besides Internet, Apple’s prefix also stood for individual, instruct, inform and inspire.

Since then, the “i” has moved beyond its Internet-centric meaning; Apple probably didn’t have the Internet in mind when naming the original iPod.

When the iPhone was announced in 2007, one of its three key ingredients was Internet communication, bringing the “i” back to its original intended meaning of Internet. (The other two fundamentals were music and phone calls.)

Since then, nearly every device has had some form of Internet connectivity built in, and the “i” has lost its association with that specific meaning and has come to represent the Apple brand.

But as Apple continues to grow into other markets, including smartwatches and TV boxes, its famous prefix seems to be falling to the wayside. Instead of iWatch and iTV, we have Apple Watch and Apple TV. Perhaps this is because we no longer need to know our devices connect to the Internet — it’s something we’ve come to expect.


Apple Announces March 21st Press Event


Apple has announced that it will be holding a press event on March 21st. The event will be held on the company’s campus and is expected to bring a new 4-inch iPhone SE, a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and some Apple Watch updates.

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Apple Press Event to be Held Week of March 21st, Not March 15th?


Apple’s upcoming media event is going to be held the week of March 21st, likely March 22nd, according to a new report from Re/code. The company is expected to unveil a new 4-inch iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad Pro at the event. 9to5Mac had previously reported a March 15th press event followed by a March 18th release date.

the original report: Attention Apple nerds, investors, media and everyone else who needs to know when Tim Cook’s next product event is going to be held: It’s going to be the week of March 21.

Or to put it another way, it’s not going to be on March 15, the time frame that other outlets previously reported, according to several sources. It is not clear if the event was moved or if this was the timing Apple had always planned.

The Korean site KG News first floated the notion of a date change earlier this week, as AppleInsider noted.

Apple cognoscenti still expect Cook and company to use the event to highlight evolutionary, not revolutionary, product updates: A smaller iPhone, a revamped iPad and tweaks to the Apple Watch line. All of which sound interesting, but not nearly as interesting as Apple’s ongoing security/privacy fight with the U.S. government. That should be ongoing for a very long time.