MacBook Pro 2016 release date: OLED bar to replace function keys in September

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A new MacBook Pro is rumored to launch next month, and it’s expected to be Apple’s best one yet.

According to WCCFTech, an article on an online Chinese news outlet has recently reported that Quanta, one of Apple’s chief manufacturing partners in Asia, is preparing for a major product conference next month. While Quanta provides manufacturing services for companies other than Apple, speculations are rife that this event just might see the release of the much anticipated MacBook Pro 2016.

An article by DigiTimes as cited on TechRadar reported that Apple is gearing up to launch new ultra-thin MacBooks in the latter part of 2016 and that in order to achieve an ultra-thin design without compromising its functionality, the upcoming MacBooks will have to adopt metal injection molding-made (MiM) hinges manufactured by Amphenol. The production of the MiM hinges began in April and heightened speculations about a possible September release for the MacBook Pro 2016.

It’s been a year since Apple introduced the retina screens along with other new performance features for both their 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. This year’s upgrade is also expected to include major functionality and security enhancements through the introduction of an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) based bar and Touch ID.

MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to do away with the function keys at the top of its keyboard in favor of a touchscreen OLED bar that automatically adapts itself to the user’s needs by changing buttons and displays based on which application is currently in use. A mock-up rendering created by designer Martin Hajek provides a view as to how this feature could look like on the new MacBook Pro 2016 keyboard.

This OLED-based bar is also rumored to provide support for Touch ID, USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3. The Touch ID technology could be incorporated into the power button or the trackpad, which would render the MacBook Pro 2016 inaccessible to anybody else aside from the owner.

Of course, these are all just speculations until Apple officially launches their new MacBook Pro model presumably later this year.