Apple is in plans to launch a revived high-end MacBook Pro this year. According to a new report by Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst at KGI Securities, the upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 will feature a sleeker and lighter form factor, Touch ID and an all-new OLED display touch bar built on the keyboard.
This new MacBook Pro is expected to come in two variations 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. You can expect Apple to launch the new product in the fourth quarter of the year.
“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.”
According to Kuo, the new MacBook Pro update is the most significant upgrade ever brought by Apple. Given the future update, new metal injection mol-made hinges would help offer a thinner and lighter design. It will also flaunt the butterfly-mechanism keyboards that you saw in the 12-inch MacBook.
Speculations also gained ground on Apple introducing Touch ID in MacBooks. Meanwhile, Apple engineers are chipping away to let users unlock their Macs with Touch ID on iPhone.
If Kuo statements are to be believed, then a 13-inch MacBook will join the 12-inch MacBook. He also anticipates that Apple will follow with all three MacBook lines this year. MacBook Pro will occupy a high-end slot, Air will be replaced by Macbook as the medium-level model, and the MacBook Air will come as an entry-level model with low prices.
Reports received in April indicated that the new MacBook Pros would boast compact designs and new hinges. In addition to it, rumors also indicate the new MacBook Pros to adopt Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C ports.
A report received on Monday confirms both rumors. Apple’s revived MacBook Pros might also add faster Skylake processors. The top-of-the-line MacBook Pros might come supporting AMD’s new 400-series Polaris graphics chips.