KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — known for his accurate track record of predicting Apple’s future plans — in his new report says that Apple will be launching a thinner and lighter revamped MacBook Pro this year. Beside these cosmetic changes, the new MacBook Pro(s) will also feature Touch ID and an OLED display located above the keyboard.
The OLED display will be touch sensitive and act as a replacement for the function keys. The new MacBooks will also feature USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which are still missing from Apple’s more powerful laptops and iMacs. He notes that the thinner and lighter design of the new MacBooks will be made possible by switching over to the butterfly-mechanism keyboards and metal injected mold-made hinges. The butterfly mechanism based keyboard is used by Apple on the 12-inch MacBook, though most people seem to have a love-hate relationship with it.
Disappointingly for many perhaps, Kuo says that Apple will be launching the new 13- and 15-inch MacBooks Pro in the fourth quarter of 2016. Apple will be refreshing its entire MacBook lineup with this new design update, including the 12-inch MacBook and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The refresh will also see the MacBook Air becoming the base MacBook variant in Apple’s lineup.
The updates to the new MacBooks are not going to be entirely cosmetic though, as Apple will also be debuting Intel’s faster Skylake processors with them. Additionally, the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro will also feature upcoming AMD’s Polaris GPU.
So far this year, Apple has only refreshed the 12-inch MacBook with faster Skylake processors from Intel. So, it seems unlikely that the company will update it once again later this year. As for the MacBook Pros, we have been hearing about their impending refresh and Touch ID coming to them since more than a year now, so a possible design refresh for Apple’s notebook lineup by the end of this year seems plausible. However, a recent report indicated that Apple is also working on unlocking Macs using Touch ID, so the decision to bring Touch ID sensor to MacBooks themselves seems a bit weird to me. What do you think?[Via MacRumors]