Apple Inc. is widely expected to unveil a new and improved MacBook Pro later this month. The Cupertino-based company is rumored to be holding an event on October 27 to announce the all-new 2016 MacBook Pro. The iPhone maker is reportedly working on a new update for its operating system. The update, macOS Sierra 10.21.1, is expected to be released sometime this month, and will debut in the new notebook.
The new Macbook Pro will come with Touch ID and new display technology. The notebook will be the thinnest in its family and is likely to feature a new OLED touch bar. The new device will come with four different USB-C ports.
Apple Likely To Pick Kaby Lake For Macbook Pro
The biggest piece of talk surrounding the 2016 Macbook Pro is the processor. The tech world is essentially torn between two options: Will the notebook get the Intel-Core family’s Kaby Lake or Skylake chips. We’ll learn about the processor on the day when the product will be unveiled. But let’s take a look at both processors.
Skylake is a powerful and very capable processor. It is younger than Kaby Lake, and can support Thunderbolt 3 as well as 4K display capabilities. Its demand for power exceeds Kaby’s though, which makes it a con where a more battery-saving device is concerned.
Kaby Lake is the seventh generation processor in the Intel-Core family. The processor can tackle 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 and is great for 4K displays with HDMI 2.0. This processor is favored over Skylake in most tech circles as it allows for a better viewing experience. Exceptional graphics are said to be a big selling point for the new Macbook Pro. As such, Kaby Lake stands as the most likely choice for Apple.
OLED and Touch ID and More
Reports suggest that Apple Inc. is no more a fan of LCD display. All of the company’s devices – the iPhone, the Apple Watch and the next generation Macbooks – are rumored to flaunt exceptional OLED screens.
OLED offers better visuals with greater color contrasts. Dark shades are deepened while brighter tones are made a lot more vibrant. The display tech also lets users get a lot more battery from their device. OLED consumes less power due to how it relays pixels. In terms of touch screens, faster responses can be derived from it, making OLED an ideal screen feature for most smart devices.
The new Macbook Pro is rumored to feature a Touch ID sensor. It is expected to sit somewhere near the touch pad or form part of the top Apple logo. Very little else has been said about the feature but it appears to be a popular and well-liked concept.
Reports suggested that the new slim MacBooks will boast a quadruplet of USB-C ports, two on each side, maybe even with a few new color variations.
Launch Date and Price
The tech world was expecting a new MacBook Pro at Apple’s September iPhone event. However, the company did not make any announcement regarding the device. Nevertheless, CEO Tim Cook suggested customers to “stay tuned” for Mac developments, perhaps indicating that an unveiling wasn’t far off.
Now, reports claim that Apple is ready to unveil the new MacBook Pro at the October 27 event. The Macbook Pro 2016 is expected to be a slimmer and sleeker, and will come in 13 and 15-inch variants with price estimates set safely around $1,099 to $1,300.
In other news, Apple Inc. is preparing to release three new iPad models this coming spring, and is rumored to release an entirely new iPhone with revolutionary features and specs in 2017.