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  • New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end development of MacBook Air insider says
    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]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end development of MacBook Air insider says started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Looks to me like Apple has reached the point where all they can think of is adding unnecessary, frivolous features. I'm surprised they're not slapping a cheesy "NEW AND IMPROVED!" sticker on every product they unveil.

      Does anybody really need or want a thinner MacBook Pro? Seriously?

      Apple's new MacBook keyboards remind me of the ones on IBM's crummy PCjr that became known as "chiclet keys".

      I'll be sticking with my old hefty and reliable 17" MacBook Pro, thanks. And when I want portability, I'll just continue happily using my old 12" MacBook Air.

      Apple used to be known for making well-designed, good quality products, but now they're becoming known for their silly bells and whistles.

      I'm just glad I got my Macs during the days of Steve Jobs, before Apple lost their way.
    1. blv36's Avatar
      blv36 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      Does anybody really need or want a thinner MacBook Pro? Seriously?
      I would love the capabilities of a MacBook Pro with the size and weight of a MacBook Air. I travel 10 months out of the year so if it makes it easier to get around airports by reducing the weight and bulk of my backpack, I welcome the change. It would also make it a lot easier to use the laptop when you do not get to take advantage of the extra room in the first class cabin.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by blv36 View Post
      I would love the capabilities of a MacBook Pro with the size and weight of a MacBook Air. I travel 10 months out of the year so if it makes it easier to get around airports by reducing the weight and bulk of my backpack, I welcome the change. It would also make it a lot easier to use the laptop when you do not get to take advantage of the extra room in the first class cabin.
      Are you saying that while you travel, a state-of-the-art MacBook or MacBook Air would not fulfill your needs? Which capabilities does only the MacBook Pro have that you need so desperately in your travels?
    1. TwinSouls's Avatar
      TwinSouls -
      So much for June. Well I guess Ill just buy the current version of the Macbook Pro. I need to get back to my music production after my studio was burglarized last year. Thanks a lot Apple
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      FYI: If you don't like the features in the new MacBook Pro, you have plenty of time to buy an older model. Apple sells refurbished which are indistinguishable from new. That's how I bought my 2011 MacBook Pro 17" after it had been discontinued. Then I upgraded the 4GB of memory to 16GB, swapped in a Blu-ray drive, upgraded to Bluetooth to 4.0, and replaced the small hard drive with a very fast 1.1TB WD Dual Drive running as a Fusion drive. Adding a Kanex thunderbolt adapter gives me USB 3.0 and eSATA.

      With today's new Macs, you can't upgrade squat. The only way you'll get my big old MacBook Pro away from me now is to pry it out of my cold dead hands. LOL
    1. weazle23's Avatar
      weazle23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      FYI: If you don't like the features in the new MacBook Pro, you have plenty of time to buy an older model. Apple sells refurbished which are indistinguishable from new. That's how I bought my 2011 MacBook Pro 17" after it had been discontinued. Then I upgraded the 4GB of memory to 16GB, swapped in a Blu-ray drive, upgraded to Bluetooth to 4.0, and replaced the hard drive with a very fast 1.1TB WD Dual Drive running as a Fusion drive. Adding a Kanex thunderbolt adapter gives me USB 3.0 and eSATA.

      With today's new Macs, you can't upgrade squat. The only way you'll get my big old MacBook Pro away from me now is to pry it out of my cold dead hands. LOL
      thats the same one i bought. got tired trying find ways to hackintosh my 17" laptop so broke down and bought the 2011 17" model. haven't done any of the upgrades yet but plan on asking for some for Christmas