After the 12-inch MacBook was refreshed, many were wondering when the other two MacBook models – the Pro and Air – will receive the same treatment. If a recent report is to be believed, the MacBook Pro may receive a design overhaul this year: it could be sporting an “OLED display touch bar,” among other notable changes.
According to a recent report by Mac Rumors, which has received information from KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this year’s MacBook Pros – yes, both the 13-inch and 15-inch models – will be “the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” Aside from the OLED touch bar – this will supposedly replace the function keys above the keyboard – the 2016 MacBook Pros will feature a new design as well.
Much like the thin and light 12-inch MacBook, it appears Apple is looking to implement a similar design language with the upcoming MacBook Pros. These new laptops will supposedly be slimmer, and in order to achieve a thinner form factor, they will be equipped with a similar keyboard as the 12-inch MacBook. Other than that, the 2016 MacBook Pros will utilise a new hinge design as well, presumably to accomodate the slimmer chassis.
These new changes – if proven to be accurate – are definitely one of the most drastic design changes Apple has ever done. Interestingly, the Cupertino company is said to be also releasing a 13-inch variant of the slim MacBook. The MacBook Air models, on the other hand, may still be offered as entry-level MacBooks.
Of course, while these information seem legitimate, it is best to wait for a confirmation by Apple, although it is highly unlikely the company will address rumours. Regardless, the new MacBook Pros may be unveiled in Q4 2016, which is anytime between September to December 2016; there may not be any MacBook-related news in WWDC 2016 after all.
(Source: Mac Rumors)