Apple leaks next-gen MacBook Pro image with macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update, confirms OLED-based “Magic Touchbar”
Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C
Apple may have accidentally revealed some of the goods to be announced at the media event on October 27th via the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update.
The update apparently includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel.
This confirms that such a product is in the works and affirms that it will be on top of the keyboard where the function keys would normally be placed. It very clearly supports Touch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay.
The OLED touch panel has also been dubbed the “Magic Toolbar” and appears to be contextual, changing according to what’s on the screen.
Aside from the OLED touch panel, the new MacBook Pro looks similar in design to the existing models. It looks like the 13-inch MacBook Pro is used in the images, suggesting the machine will gain speakers located at the side of the keyboard.
It’s impossible to determine the thickness of the new MacBook Pro given the leaked images, although current rumors state that the new MacBook Pro could be thinner and lighter than existing MacBook Pro notebooks. A redesigned hinge can be seen in the images, suggesting it is indeed quite a bit thinner. Also visible are much flatter keys, similar in design to the keys of the Retina MacBook, which use a new butterfly mechanism.
Ports are not visible, but based on past part leaks, it’s thought that the unit will feature four USB-C ports and a headphone jack, with the HDMI port, MagSafe port, and SD card slot being eliminated.
Apple will announce the new MacBook Pro on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.