Apple’s MacBook Pro range hasn’t been updated in a long while, but now that the new MacBook Pro 2016 is set to launch, some big changes are expected.
The MacBook Pro secures the top of Apple laptops list with its amazing popularity and market value. The laptop is admired by Apple users because of its portability, power, and design. However, the 13-inch was last refreshed in March 2015. Where is Apple MacBook Pro lineup heading to in 2016? The new laptop is definitely on its way. Considering the drop in Apple’s market share in Computing space by 4.2% as estimated for quarter 2 prior this year. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Apple MacBook Pro 2016:
The new hardware was expected to be launched at Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, June 2016. However, the conference mainly focused on software updates rather than new hardware resulting in the company giving more focus to iOS and Mac. If Apple sticks to its current pattern, the next event will happen in early September for the iPhone 7. Unlike what Apple did with its iPhones, MacBook Pro updates do not have a particular time interval in which they release. The dates in the records are: May 2015, March 2015, July 2014, October 2013, Feb 2013, October 2012, June 2012. They highly vary.
Moreover, the new hardware will feature hinges produced using a mechanism called ‘metal injection molding’. This is inspired by Microsoft’s Surface Pro line of devices. Ampenol makes hinges for Microsoft’s convertible tablet, chances are same will go for Apple as well. The most compelling evidence, the 15-inch model’s hinges are set to arrive in the third quarter of the year. Meaning the release can be expected anytime in Q4 2016.
Apple is working on the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update to prepare the operating system for the new which is likely MacBook Pro 2016. Apple is already allowing users to beta test macOS Sierra 10.12.1.
MacBook Pro 2016 Price
Apple has not confirmed or even hinted what the starting price would be. That remains to be seen until Phil Schiller himself announces it on the stage. We have gathered some information regarding the issue and below is what we got.
Apple prefers keeping the price mostly similar between generations. The present MacBook Pro range starts at $1,099 for the 13-inch non-Retina model. The price rose up to $1,119 for the entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. It is likely that an $1,099 entry-level Pro with Retina display will be a good start for the new release.
Overall Design Of MacBook Pro 2016
The 2016’s most exciting rumor regarding the new hardware’s design, It is going to be like a thin, light notebook with the power of a MacBook Pro. Lighter design will likely attract most of its buyers. Yes, Force Touch Trackpads are cool, but they also removed the need for a vertically stacked switch mechanism, which saved internal space.
The new design, according to the speculations, is going to be more similar to MacBook than the MacBook Pro. A leaked photo sent to Cult Of Mac clearly shows us a new design with the keyboard that uses the newer layout. This layout was seen in MacBook and the Apple Magic keyboard. However, there is an opening at the top which will likely include OLED touch panel.
The touchpad is bigger in size and overall body of the hardware seems to be thinner than that of previous MacBook Pro models. As for colors, If Apple introduces the new laptop in silver, space black, gold, and rose gold, it would certainly please a lot of its customers. In a few images, the OLED screen is used as a taskbar, freeing up screen space. While in others, it serves as a stop, pause and play function for Spotify.
Goodbye Headphone Jack
Rumors and Apples blogs across the internet suggest that Apple might have delayed the new hardware’s release as there have been changes in Audio system. Headphone Jack will most likely be removed.
“Will MacBooks ship with a Lightning port in lieu of a headphone jack? If so, will they ship with headphones? (Probably not, I say. Cough up the extra $29 for a new pair of Apple EarPods.) Is this why we haven’t seen new MacBook Pros yet — because they’re waiting for the new iPhone so that both can go Lightning-for-audio at the same time? Perhaps.” Apple blogger John Gruber says.
Apple’s 2016 Retina MacBook Pro retains the headphone jack. Chances are Apple is following the notion of ‘ iPhone is ditching the audio jack with the new iPhone 7, then all Apple products should do it too’ In this case, MacBook users will certainly have to get used to it. MacBook Pro 2016 expected to feature USB Type-C ports, but on top of that, they’ll be USB 3.1 Gen 2. This certainly will make it faster than the first-gen port of the 12-inch MacBook. Apple has already shifted to USB-C for the new MacBook, so there’s little reason not to expect it in the new MacBook Pro. It is the new normal.
Detachable Screen And Keyboard in the MacBook Pro 2016?
One of the most interesting MacBook Pro 2016 rumor suggests that it is getting a touchscreen. Perhaps also a detachable keyboard. The photograph shown above in the article suggests something different. Recently acquired by Cult Of Mac, the photograph shows a more conventional Magic Keyboard-esque qwerty layout featuring a touchscreen OLED display to replace the function keys.
As for the touchscreen, it would surely be a huge step ahead for the MacBook Pro range. However, if Apple is to bring touchscreen, it will prove to be a compromise for those in pursuit of the classic MacBook Pro experience.
Another rumor going around is TouchID fingerprint recognition. Or using Apple’s fingerprint identity sensor, Touch ID, to unlock any recent iPhone or iPad. However, TouchID was predicted to be in the recent Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad updates. That did not happen. The speculations, therefore, can be untrue. A recent leak suggests that a fall MacBook rollout will feature a power button having Touch ID tech. Also, it is likely that the next-generation SSDs will be included as well.
Though if the Touch ID sensor is added, All you need to do is place your finger on the Home button and a photograph of your print is transformed into a secure hash. Then a token is released either granting or denying permission. However, no passcode is required in most situations. The same procedure goes for purchases from iTunes, Apple Store or with Apple Pay.
Amid throat-cutting competition among PC rivals in the processor stakes, HP and Dell have already confirmed moving on to seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. However, Apple still clings to the fifth-generation Broadwell chips.
The MacBook Pro 2016 is rumored to be sporting sixth-generation Skylake chips. If this comes true, huge speed improvements will surely be seen. Also, battery life would improve by a huge extent. Skylake has some important features that Broadwell does not have, including wireless charging, support for WiGig and WiDi short-range, as well as high-speed data transfer.
However, Skylake cannot output 5K resolutions over a single cable stream. Reportedly, Apple was working on a 5K external display complete with its own integrated graphics chip to handle the stream. This was told to a Buzzfeed reporter John Paczkowski and is the strongest evidence we have to confirm these speculations.