Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 MacBook Pro With Touch ID And OLED Touch Bar Set For Late October Launch [Report]

Now that the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 are released, attention amongst the Apple community has once again turned to the Mac, and whether various Mac lines will receive hardware refreshes sooner rather than later. In fact, one in particular looks set for a late-October release, according to a new report.

Apple is reportedly said to be working towards having the long-rumored newly redesigned MacBook Pro ready for release in the coming weeks. New MacBook Pros will require the upcoming macOS 10.12.1, the report carries on, in order to drive the heavily rumored OLED touch-based panel and Touch ID technology.


Apple is also claimed to be ready to move over to a new Polaris graphics chip depending on the MacBook Pro model being chosen.

Our understanding is that Apple is planning to seed one more beta version of macOS 10.12.1 for developer and public beta testing early next week, with a goal of finalizing the software update by the end of that week so it can be loaded onto the new hardware currently being produced by Apple’s supply chain partners.

Moving beyond the MacBook Pro for a minute, it is claimed that a new MacBook Air with USB-C ports is also on the cards, as is a selection of new iMacs which would, so we’re told, also feature the new AMD graphics chips.


Normally, you don’t really expect to see new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac hardware all at the same time, but since Apple has been rumored to be holding a Mac-related event in October, all of this is very much possible and on the cards given the fact that almost all of Apple’s Mac computers are overdue a refresh, especially the Mac Pro and Mac mini line. When, or even if that will happen soon is anyone’s guess, and one we wouldn’t want to have to make ourselves.

(Source: MacRumors | Images via: MacBook Pro 2016 concept by Martin Hajek)

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