MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs rumors: 4G LTE, Kaby Lake processor expected

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The upcoming and long rumored new generation of Apple laptops, the Apple MacBook Pro 2016, is rumored to be able to connect to the internet without the need for Wi-Fi. The new flagship laptop from the Cupertino-based company is also expected to sport the upcoming Intel Kaby Lake chipset.

According to a new rumor report, it could very well be that the new MacBook Pro 2016 would be the first Apple laptop to have support for cellular functionality, and thus would be able to have 4G LTE connectivity. This means that the upcoming laptop from Apple would not have to depend on eternal Wi-Fi connectivity anymore. If proven to be true, this would also mean that the MacBook Pro 2016 could have a larger battery capacity, since having mobile connectivity would need more battery power.

In addition to this, rumors have it that the upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 would be running under the new Kaby Lake processor, which is expected to be released by Intel before the year ends. This chipset is also expected to power most new computers that are coming out soon.

Other long rumored features for the new laptop include the introduction of the new OLED touch bar said to replace the traditional function keys, a USB Type-C port, Thunderbolt 3 support, and a fingerprint sensor embedded on the laptop’s touch pad, with support for Apple’s Touch ID technology for security purposes.

While Apple has yet to officially announce or tease a release window for the upcoming MacBook Pro 2016, the latest reports making rounds in the rumor mill has it that the new laptop iteration would be revealed by the company sometime later this year, or possibly in early 2017 at the latest. An early 2017 release date may be a strategic move for Apple as it will go toe-to-toe with the expected release of Microsoft’s newest Surface devices such as the Surface Pro 5, the Surface Book 2, and the long rumored Surface Phone.