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Apple could be refreshing the MacBook Pro with OLED touch panels and Touch ID

Apple could be refreshing the MacBook Pro with OLED touch panels and Touch ID
Apple could be refreshing the MacBook Pro with OLED touch panels and Touch ID
The Q4 2016 refresh is expected to be a major redesign of the current generation with Skylake, Polaris, Touch ID, USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, and more.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities recently commented on potentially new features we can expect from future iPhone models. Now, Kuo is at it again with more rumors on Apple products with a new focus on the MacBook Pro Series. Accordingly, the Q4 2016 refresh could be a significant upgrade over the current generation including a new USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 port, Touch ID, and even a touch panel above the keyboard.

The latter rumor in particular is similar to an existing patent that describes a touch panel on the flat surface between the display and keyboard (see image on right). Although the patent does not explicitly mention the MacBook Pro, the concept could still apply to a notebook and potentially replace the top row of Function keys. A flat touch panel would also allow for more natural writing and editing compared to a standard touchscreen display that will likely teeter during regular use. An unrelated second patent describes replacing the keyboard entirely with a touch interface, but such a move would be too experimental on a proven series like the MacBook Pro.

Other than the speculations above, the Q4 2016 MacBook Pro refresh should be thinner and lighter than the current generation as Apple is expected to carry over design and manufacturing cues from the MacBook 12. Internal updates like Skylake and AMD M400 Polaris options are almost guaranteed. Kuo is also predicting a MacBook 13 reveal and launch as well due to the success of the MacBook 12.

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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-27 (Update: 2016-05-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.