MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs and features: New laptops may come Q4 2016

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The long rumored MacBook Pro 2016 may no longer make it to users in time for the back-to-school season, as latest reports claimed that Apple might be preparing the new version of the MacBook Pro for a launch late this year. The reports also suggested a number of possible new features for a “complete overhaul” of the MacBook laptop series.

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities revealed that the tech giant might be planning to overhaul the MacBook Pro line and might release the new series of devices in the fourth quarter of this year. This is contrary to what had been previously rumored that the MacBook Pro 2016 would be launched in time for the upcoming World Wide Developers Conference 2016.

Kuo noted that Apple’s plans for the upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 would make the laptop the “brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts.” According to the report, there would be two display size variants for the MacBook Pro 2016a 13-inch and a 15-inch.

One of the new features that were tipped is the inclusion of an OLED touch bar that will be replacing the physical function keys on top of the keyboard. The device was also tipped to come with support for a USB Type-C through a compatible port and Thunderbolt 3.

Aside from the upgraded 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops, Apple will also reportedly release a new 13-inch variant of the MacBook. According to Kuo, the Cupertino-based company is planning to introduce the new line of MacBook laptops with the MacBook Air as the entry-level series, the standard MacBook as the midrange series, and the MacBook Pro as the premium series.

Apple is also expected to introduce a physical fingerprint Touch ID reader that would give the new laptops the ability to lock and unlock the device through fingerprint validation.

Other Apple products that are expected to be unveiled in the upcoming WWDC are the Apple Watch 2, the new iOS 10, and perhaps a new OS X version.