Unofficial renderings show benefits of OLED bar for MacBook refresh
Rumors surfaced a few weeks ago about OLED panels being incorporated onto the 2016 MacBook Pro refresh. The OLED screen, however, would not be used for the main display but as a strip to replace the otherwise ordinary top row of Function keys. Such a move could allow for Touch ID authentication and new customizable controls.
Graphic designer Martin Hajek is showing off his own take on the rumor with renderings of a MacBook Pro utilizing the new OLED panel. The images demonstrate some benefits of having a secondary panel such as the potential to control Spotify and other programs regardless of what may be on the main screen at the time. The OLED panel can also be used to display battery capacity, time, network status, user name, and more. users can open a search window without needing to use a mouse or simply toggle the display to show a standard row of Function keys when needed.
Apple has yet to confirm that its 2016 MacBook Pro refresh will use OLED panels and will likely not comment on the matter before an official unveiling. The concept, however, seems like it could be a new distinguishing factor between MacBooks and the sea of traditional Windows alternatives available. Apple is expected to unveil new devices come WWDC 2016.