The MacBook Pro 2016 did not make an appearance at Apple’s events last March and June, which is making fans and industry observers believe that it will finally arrive in September, alongside the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2. However, a new report said that it is likely to become available in October or November.
According to a report by Barron’s, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani stated that the MacBook Pro 2016 refresh might come after Apple’s September event, which will see the launch of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2. Daryanani put the expected launch of the laptop to October or November in contrary to previous reports.
Daryanani also wrote about his expectations for the MacBook Pro 2016, which include a thinner 13- and 15-inch figure, a light emitting diode (LED) touch display that may replace the function keys, a Touch ID functionality and a USB Type-C port. He also mentioned a more powerful graphics processing unit (GPU), specifically that of Polaris from AMD.
Other features he mentioned were new Intel processors, the latest MacOS Sierra with the voice assistant Siri and an improved iCloud drive.
Daryanani’s assumptions corroborate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s expectations. Kuo is renowned for being one of the most accurate analysts. He also expects the MacBook Pro 2016 to have a thinner form, Touch ID and a Type-C port, MacRumors previously reported. Additionally, there should also be an OLED touch bar above the keyboard, according to the analyst.
Furthermore, the next-generation MacBook Pro is also expected to sport the faster Skylake processor, which was first introduced into the MacBook family with the 12-inch MacBook 2016. It should also come with the new 400-series Polaris GPU from AMD.
As of the moment, Apple has not given hints at when they might release the MacBook Pro 2016. Despite the company’s silence, fans are still expecting the new MacBook Pro to hit the shelves this year.