Apple has always maintained a new line of MacBooks per year, and as people wait for the update to come to stores, there are now reports about significant updates. According to several reports and predictions, the 2016 MacBook Pro line will have thinner builds and an OLED display Touch Bar that could change things.
MacBook to Have Three Lines of Models
Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro models could soon feature thinner builds, and that’s not all that’s making people excited. According to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could be planning to include features like Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 and other improvements.
The models, which are expected to debut some time around fourth quarter of the year, will mark the “most significant” overhaul yet to the MacBook Line if things push through.
“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,” said Kuo in a note to investors previously reported by MacRumors.
There will also be 12-inch and 13-inch MacBooks this year. The analyst maintains that Apple could push all three MacBook lines this year. The MacBook Pro will be the “high-end” version of the lot while the MacBook Air will serve as the mid-range.
MacBook Needs the OLED Update
According to the Cult of Mac, MacBooks do need the OLED update.
“Combined with the new butterfly keys Apple is already using in its Retina MacBook, this would make the new MacBook Pro’s keyboard smaller and slimmer, allowing Apple to reduce the overall thickness of the machine,” explained Killian Bell.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if you could change the function of that key, so that it does something you will use? Maybe it could launch your favorite app, or take you to your favorite website, or open a specific folder you have to get to all the time,” the author added.