Apple’s switch to USB-C means its beloved MagSafe connector probably won’t feature on its next-generation MacBooks, but that doesn’t mean it will die out completely. One reliable analyst claims Apple could introduce a “MagSafe-life” USB-C adapter with the new MacBook Pro.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s next moves, told investors this week that a USB-C adapter with MagSafe functionality will be rolled out either by Apple or a third-party.
Kuo made these claims after checks with supply chain sources, and says continued customers interest in the MagSafe connector — which has been a unique feature of Apple notebooks for years — is the reason behind the move.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean the new MacBook Pro will have a MagSafe-like USB-C connector. Instead, Apple, or one of its hardware partners, is expected to offer an external adapter with MagSafe functionality.
Apple has already begun phasing out MagSafe. Its 12-inch Retina MacBook, which was the first machine to switch exclusively to USB-C, comes without the magnetic charging connector. It’s though the new MacBook Pro that’s arriving on October 27 will follow the same path.
In addition to this adapter, Kuo predicts the next-generation MacBook Pro family will adopt Intel’s latest Skylake processors, and will be available in a 2TB storage option. They are also expected to feature oxide panel displays for better image quality and improved efficiency.
Kuo again claims the MacBook Pro will offer an OLED touchbar — believed to be called the Magic Toolbar — and a new keyboard that uses Apple’s butterfly keys. Apple is also expected to add a 13-inch option to its Retina MacBook lineup.
Lastly, Kuo adds Apple is working on updates to its iMac lineup, as well as a replacement for the Thunderbolt Display, which was discontinued back in June. However, we’ll have to wait until the first half of 2017 for these.
Apple is expected to ship between 3.8 million and 4 million Macs during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, Kuo reports, with is an increase of 20 to 30 percent quarter-on-quarter, but a decrease of 5 to 10 percent year-over-year.
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