Kuo: thinner MacBook Pro models coming with OLED touch bar and Touch ID

By , May 23, 2016

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Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models later this year with a thinner design, built-in Touch ID and other new features, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors on Monday, the high-profile analyst said the Pro laptops will make their debut in Q4 of this year.

Kuo says this will be the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” In addition to an all-new thinner and lighter design, and Touch ID, the new MacBooks will also include an embedded OLED display touch bar, that will be located above the keyboard.

While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3.

Much of the report matches up with previous rumors, which called for the MacBook Pro to receive a significant design refresh this year largely based on the new 12-inch MacBook. They are also expected to adopt the MacBook’s polarizing butterfly-mechanism keyboards.

Kuo has a fairly good track record in Apple product predictions, but he’s also been wrong a number of times. So despite how awesome we think an embedded OLED display touch bar sounds, we’re going to wait for further corroboration before we get our hopes up.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Not happening. Mid-2017 at the earliest.

    This year’s refresh will just be thinner, lighter, faster + Skylake. Nothing dramatic.

    Drama is saved for 2017 to coincide with MacBook Pro’s 11-year anniversary.

    • Melvco

      Yeah Kuo’s predictions sound pretty far-fetched to me too. But out of curiosity, why does a bigger refresh make more sense for the 11-year anniversary? Seems like 10th anniversary would be far more significant.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        The MacBook pros haven’t had a significant design change for so many years, I wouldn’t be surprised to see completely new design like the rumors suggest

    • MSiqueira

      Yeah, because.. you know..
      Dramatic changes coinciding with MacBook Pro’s 10-year anniversary would be totally nonsense.

  • 5723alex .

    I need (at least) 3 USB 3 ports and a full Ethernet port.

    • wadjj

      Wait, what? Ethernet is not even on the current MBP, certainly not gonna happen when it becomes thinner.

      • Marcus

        Really? That’s so stupid…

  • Aman kapoor

    What’s a touch bar?

  • wadjj

    If I understand it right, the touch bar thing sounds awful for the most used key(esc,launchpad,mission control,mute),but could be great for other keys since I guess the whole thing would be flexible like a touch screen.

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    • vivalaivsca

      Hahaha

    • Dennis Hutchins

      You listen to Rovers Mornings by Glory? Lol I just heard him say these lyrics today on the radio.

  • Marcus

    I’d rather have a MacBook Pro with a better processor, more storage, and more ram for a cheaper price.