Apple MacBook Pro 2016 is rumored to début in October.
Apple’s MacBook Pro is one of the company’s products next in line for an update. It’s been while since Apple unveiled a new MacBook Pro. In fact, we haven’t seen an upgrade to a company’s high-end laptop line since May 2015.
We had hoped for a new MacBook Pro during Apple’s September event; as the event came and went with no sign of any Mac announcements. It’s been a MacBook Pro free year so far. According to some reports, Apple organized an event on 27 Oct. The company may not have officially stated that it’s launching new Macs this month, but the date is at least official, and everyone is expecting it to be all about the Mac.
Read on, and we’ll give you the roundup of everything we know about the upcoming MacBook Pro including new reports and concepts. Make sure to check back regularly, as we’ll updating this article as new leaks and reports emerge.
Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Design: Thinner, lighter and OLED-IER
A reliable tech industry analyst Ming-Ch Kuo believes the new model will offer a dramatic overhaul of the current layout, starting off with a thinner and lighter build. Another report claims: the new MacBook Pro models will have a smaller footprint than their current counterparts
The other significant design addition looks set to be a power button a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is nothing new on laptops, so this seems like a logical design decision for Apple to make to enhance the security.
Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Power
As the MacBook Pro is Apple’s “high performance” laptop, we are expecting an upgrade in the processor, RAM, storage, and graphic. There aren’t many rumors about the supply chain as to what form any of these may take.
But according to some reports Apple is going to offer one of AMD’s Polaris GPUs as it offers the slim design and power efficiency. Report say:
“An option for a version featuring a higher-performance graphic chip from Advance Micro Device Inc. will be available in new Mac notebook. And also Apple is using AMD’s Polaris graphic chip because the design offers the power efficiency and slimness necessary to fit inside the slimmer Apple MacBook Pro.”
A new report claims that Apple has been in talks to use a laptop variant of Sonder Design’s dynamic keyboard technology
Sonder is known for its E-ink Keyboard, which can change the key label. This makes the entire keyboard instantly user customizable. Sonder confirmed that talks between Apple and the company had taken place, although they won’t comment on whether or not it’s a deal. Confirms only that it’s closing B2B procurement contracts with three laptop makers.
Apple MacBook Pro 2016 contain USB-C
Macotakara, “a reliable Chinese supplier” report: The new MacBook Pros coming in Oct 2016 will follow the 12-inch MacBook in ditching both standard USB (USB-A) and MagSafe docks and replacing them with a single USB-C port.
We love MagSafe and would miss it very much. We hope that the new Pros at least come with multiple USB-C ports so that we can charge and use one or more accessories at the same time.
Cellular 4G connectivity
On 24 May 2016, Patently Apple shared a patent filed by Apple, which showcases a MacBook with cellular capabilities.
With the decrease in 4G connectivity costs and SIM-only deals, it’s very much possible that Apple wants to bring a 4G-enabled MacBook Pro. The 4G MacBook Pro would most probably be an added hardware cost to buyers, meaning a similar price structure as the iPads.
Apple Pencil-compatible trackpad
Now while it may not be as glamorous as an OLED touch bar or 4G connectivity, the patent application was recently granted which could introduce a new way to interact with your Macbook Pro – via the Apple Pencil. The patent was originally filed back in 2014, and while it mainly focuses on interaction with a touch screen display (or the iPad Pro to us), several images are depicting its use with a trackpad and a Mac.
The patent reads:
“Inertial sensor input may gather when operating the stylus in one or more inertial sensor input modes such as an air mouse mode, a rotational controller mode, a joystick mode, and other inertial sensor input modes.”
The new Apple MacBook Pro 2016 models are likely to feature Skylake processors, the new, sixth generation chips by Intel. (Right now, the 12-inch MacBook, updated earlier this year, is the only member of Apple’s laptop line-up to offer Skylake.) Skylake will bring significant performance gains to the new MacBook Pro, too, making it an even faster machine.
Competitors including HP, Dell, and Microsoft, have already moved to Skylake, so Apple is beginning to look like it’s trailing behind.
The current MacBook Pro range starts at $1,099 for the 13-inch no-retina model, rising to @1,119 for the entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and topping out at $2,099 for the 2.5GHz 15-inch Retina.
We expect that prices won’t change significantly when Apple updates the range for 2014, although we could see a price increase due to extended and new features of Apple MacBook Pro 2016.