Vastly Updated MacBook Pro to Include OLED Touch Bar: Analyst
Apple is looking at revamping its MacBook and MacBook Pro (pictured) laptop line later this year with thinner and lighter designs, as well as Touch ID support and an OLED display touch bar, and with a new 13-inch MacBook model.
The rumored changes and updates were unveiled in an analyst note from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities who often has information on Apple updates before anyone else, according to a May 23 story by 9to5Mac.
The "dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro" will arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Kuo, with a "thinner and lighter design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook," the story reported. Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar, which will replace the function keys at the top of the keyboard, will also be integrated into the new design. The next MacBook Pro models will come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes and will be the "brightest spot for Apple's 2016 rollouts," Kuo wrote in his note.
The upcoming MacBook Pro design will also use new metal injection molded hinges as well as USB-C support and Thunderbolt 3 connectors, the story reported.
The next MacBook Pro models are expected to be thinner and lighter and include several new features, such as an OLED display touch bar.
Kuo wrote that Apple is also expected to introduce a 13-inch MacBook that will be similar to the company's recently updated 12-inch Retina model. "According to Kuo, Apple plans to make the MacBook Air the entry-level option, while the MacBook will become the mid-tier choice and the MacBook Pro will remain the high-end variant," the story reported.