Apple Inc. is rumored to be launching an updated MacBook Pro at the end of this month. Rumors have suggested the new notebook may arrive at an event on October 27. The tech giant is expected to launch the new MacBook Pro and a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air at the event. Macotakara reported (via The Verge) that Apple is killing traditional USB ports and the company’s MagSafe charging connector in new notebooks.
According to the report, the tech behemoth will include USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on the new MacBook Pro. “That might surprise potential MacBook Pro owners, but it’s the same strategy that Apple used in its 12-inch MacBook. Many will be hoping that Apple manages to squeeze more than one USB Type-C port inside the new MacBook Pro, though, and that it leaves the headphone jack alone for now,” the The Verge reads.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is famous for making correct predictions about Apple’s devices, the MacBook Pro will have a new design. The thinner, lighter notebook will come with several new features including the Touch ID sensor, touch bar, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.
Kuo expects faster Skylake processors inside. The analyst predicts that there will be an OLED display touch bar just above the keyboard.
Rumors suggesting that the new notebook will feature a Touch ID sensor, which is expected to sit somewhere near the touch pad or form part of the top Apple logo. Very little else has been said about this feature but it appears to be a popular and well-liked concept.
Apple is reportedly working on a new update for its macOS operating system, which would make debut in the all-new 2016 MacBook Pro.
Reportedly, the next generation Macbook will come with an OLED screen, which offers better visuals with greater color contrasts. OLED lets users get a lot more battery from their device and consumes less power due to how it relays pixels. The notebook boast a quadruplet of USB-C ports, two on each side, maybe even with a few new color variations.
The new Macbook will arrive in 13 and 15-inch variants with price estimates set around $1,099 to $1,300.
“On the MacBook Air side, Macotakara reports that Apple will kill off the 11-inch version of its popular laptop in favor of the 13-inch model. Previous reports suggest that Apple may also include USB Type-C on the new MacBook Air, which could mean the Air will also lose its traditional USB ports,” according to The Verge.
Apple Considering “Magic” Keyboard For MacBook Laptops
Apple is reportedly in talks with Sonder Design related to its dynamic keyboard technology, 9to5Mac reported, citing sources familiar with the discussions.
The report suggested that the company is interested in using a laptop version of Sonder Design’s dynamic keyboard, which uses electronic ink to change key labels on the go, in its future laptops. Currently, Sonder Design is accepting orders for a standalone keyboard product.
However, it’s still not clear how Apple is planning to use the Sonder technology in MacBooks. Also, there is no guarantee that the company will use a smart keyboard in the upcoming laptops.