Apple is looking forward to launch a dramatically refreshed MacBook Pro in Q4 2016, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities. The report says that the upcoming new laptop from Apple will have a new “thinner and lighter” design, which will be in line with the new 12-inch MacBook. It will also support Touch ID and come with a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.
According to analyst Kuo’s explanation, the 2016 MacBook Pro updates are the “brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts”. Also, these features will come to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sometime during Q4 of this year.
The latest addition in the upcoming MacBook Pro will be a OLED display touch bar, that will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while Apple will adopt a new design based on metal injection moulded hinges. Also, the new Pro lineup will feature USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.
Apple is also looking to introduce a new 13-inch MacBook, which is similar to the 12-inch Retina MacBook, in addition to upgrading the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to make the MacBook Air an entry-level option, while the MacBook will become the mid-tier range and the MacBook Pro will remain the high-end model.
Also, there was a report from earlier this month which claimed that Apple was looking to provide a way to unlock Macs via Touch ID on an iPhone, however it now appears that Apple is looking to add a physical Touch ID on the new MacBooks as well. The new MacBook upgrades were slated for July earlier, but it looks like they these updates will likely see the light of the day in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Hence, we might not see any new MacBook hardware at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016 from June 13 – 17 in San Francisco.