The MacBook Pro 2016 will reportedly be announced and released later this month. New details regarding Apple’s next-gen high-performance notebook has surface over the weekend.
A reliable Japanese tech website stated that the MacBook Pro 2016 will be unveiled this October. The report corroborated with numerous sources claiming that production of the new 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro began in Q2 2016.
According to Macotakara, the new MacBook Pro models will ditch the traditional USB-A port. Both will feature USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectors.
This will no longer come as a huge surprise for consumers. Last year’s models received mixed reactions due to the sudden change from USB 3.0 to USB Type-C. Now, MacBook users have one year of adjustment under their collective belt.
The connector swap was supposedly to make the notebook as thin as possible. Anand Tech editor in chief Ryan Smith said the redesign was long overdue.
“They should have done it a long time ago,” Smith told Forbes. “Most models are full price yet years out of date, and that makes buying old models bad investments for consumers.”
The report from Japan further claimed that Apple is discontinuing the 11-inch MacBook Air model. Instead, the Cupertino tech giant wants to direct much of the attention to the 13-inch MacBook Air.
As to what fans can expect from the MacBook Pro 2016 models, both notebooks will have an even thinner built with a rumored OLED touch bar. The high-tech functionality is said to replace the physical keys along the top of the keyboard.
9to5Mac noted that the MacBook Pro 2016 models could have a new security feature. It was revealed earlier this year that Apple was working on a way to unlock Macbook devices with the Touch ID on iPhones.
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