Fresh Apple rumors have made their way to the internet via well-known (and sometimes trustworthy) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities stating that new, thinner MacBook Pros will be coming during Q4 of 2016. This doesn’t coincide with previous reports which suggested we’d see new top-of-the-line laptops from Cupertino with a slimmer design around WWDC in June. However, these new computers in question are reportedly going to feature Touch ID fingerprint sensors built right into their bodies alongside a new OLED touch screen above the keyboard which would ultimately take the place of the function keys and media toggles. Both 13-inch and 15-inch Pro models will be getting the updates, which Kuo says will likely be the “brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts”. The new laptops will also be getting USB-C support alongside Thunderbolt 3 ports.
While the Touch ID sensor is pretty self-explanatory, it’s unclear exactly why we need a OLED touch screen at the top of our keyboards. If we weren’t fine with mechanical keys for function purposes, we would’ve gotten rid of them a while ago. However, possible operations such as reprogramming the buttons displayed on the screen would result in a need for such a feature. This would possibly allow anyone to, say, place a button which opens their most used app right on the screen, making the software more accessible. But if this isn’t a function we’ll see with this OLED display, I’ll still be confused as to whether we need something like this or not.
Alongside these new MacBook Pro rumors, Kuo also mentions in his report a new 13-inch MacBook similar to the recently upgraded 12-inch MacBook will also be launching, sharing a similar form factor to the latter. Kuo says that the MacBook Air will remain as a low-end model, while the MacBook stays a mid-tier option and the Pro as the high-end variant.
Other recent reports have suggested that users could soon be using their iPhone to unlock their Macs alongside use Siri right on their computers. These features and more are currently set to debut at WWDC as a part of OS X 10.12. However, it’s unclear exactly when we’ll see these new MacBooks make their way to the public’s eyes. Whenever that happens, however, we’ll have full coverage here on MBEDDED.
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