Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter MacBook with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID components
Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 07:09
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID
When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.
A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.
The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.
The OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while the design will adopt new metal injection molded hinges as reported earlier this year. Additionally, the refreshed MacBook Pros are said to feature USB-C support and Thunderbolt 3.
Apple is also rumored to be introducing a new 13-inch MacBook similar to the 12-inch Retina model that was recently released. According to Kuo, Apple plans to make the MacBook Air the entry-level option, while the MacBook will become the mid-tier choice and the MacBook Pro will remain the high-end variant.
As always, stay tuned for additional details as they become available.