Macbook Pro 2016 release date in Q4 with slimmer dimensions, OLED display, Touch ID


With only a few weeks away before the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, speculations regarding the touted new generation MacBook Pro 2016 continuously circulate online.

According to reports, Apple is gearing to introduce a revamped high-end laptop that has a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard. The assumptions are said to come from a new report by trusted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who also revealed that there will be 13-inch and 15-inch variations to arrive in the fourth quarter of the year.

Kuo reportedly called the updates to the model “the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” The design is believed to be incorporated by a new metal inaction mold-made hinges that will allow for a sleeker dimension and butterfly-mechanism keyboards that debuted in the current 12-inch MacBook instead of the usual scissor design.

When it comes to added security, the Cupertino-based giant is also deemed to be working on a new way to use Touch ID. Instead of having a fingerprint on the trackpad to unlock the device, the engineers are working on a way so that users can access their Macs with their iPhones. The simple logins will bypass passcode for the auto unlock function on a password-protected Mac. In order to do so, Bluetooth LE framework similar to Apple Watch may be enabled to lift restrictions.

Moreover, Forbes noted that having a support for USB-C is a 100 percent probability. However, unlike the port found in the 12-inch MacBook, there may be more than one slot found in tje Pro which will render the Multipart adapter unnecessary. The display may also be revamped allowing Retina screens on a thinner body with better battery life presumably with the same terraced battery cell technology in MacBook. Under the hood, it may be powered by the new 400-series Polaris graphics chips and latest Intel Skylake processors.

However, since Apple has yet to make anything official, available information should be taken with a grain of salt. More information is expected to be released before WWDC which takes place from June 13 to 17.