MacBook Pro 2016 release date: Contradicting clues make it difficult to predict when the next gen laptop will finally drop

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Earlier last month, rumors started swirling that the next generation MacBook Pro will finally see the light of day during the upcoming Apple hosted event later this month. Now, new reports suggest that it may not be the case as Mac World UK speculates that the March event might not be the right platform to launch the highly anticipated laptop.

In the article, the website cited the reason being the device is more for professional usage, while the event is leaning towards a more consumer centric occasion.

On the contrary, Apple Insider reports that the sudden slash in prices for the current lineup of MacBook Pro may signal that the coming of its successor is sooner than later. Apple’s Mid 2015 15″ MacBook Pro (2.5GHz 16GB 512GB M370X) recently went on sale and has only retailed at $2,179 with free shipping, a free notebook stand, and no sales tax to all customers living outside New York and Apple’s authorized reselling store, B&H Photo. The price saves buyers $320 from its original price, the lowest discount this year.

Meanwhile, according to Pike’s Universum, the code in OS X El Capitan dubbed “AAPLJ951” is pointing to a brand new Mac, presumably the 2016 Pro. Its successor which came to the market in 2013 is currently code named “AAPLJ90.”

Other clues that may solidify the claim include that the “951” will be sporting 10 USB 3.0 ports. As of now, there are 4 USB docks and 6 Thunderbolts ports on the first MacBook Pro. Taking over the Thunderbolt 3 on the device may be practical as it gives the Thunderbolt to USB C capability an impressive 40Gbps speed.

Unfortunately, the long transition of the MacBook Pro has led other tech aficionados to believe that Apple may just be dropping the project altogether. Last year, Mac Observers declared that despite the debut iteration of the device selling well, it was nothing but a failure.

As of now, Apple continues to keep their lips sealed about the future of the MacBook Pro.