MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs: Industry insider claims October launch is possible for top-end laptop


Apple appears to be looking to end 2016 with a bang with another forthcoming event set for next month supposedly releasing the latest iteration of the MacBook Pro.

Forbes reached out to Rhoda Alexander, director for Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Markit Technology, and asked her about her take on the company’s plans in the coming months. Alexander focused on the highly anticipated MacBook Pro which has been due for an upgrade for quite some time now. On top of that, she also threw in the possibility that alongside the Pro laptop, Apple could also be rolling out the new MacBook Air.

“Production started in the second calendar quarter on refreshes of the 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro [and] the 13.3-inch MacBook Air,” Alexander predicted, adding that “products will launch in late September or October of 2016.” But given that there are just a couple of days left in the month; chances are that the supposed launch will happen next month.

Alexander’s statement mirrors a report from Bloomberg which was published back in August saying that “Apple is planning to release some of the new Mac products as soon as October… The updated line includes tweaked MacBook Air devices with multi-functional USB-C port technology and iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices [AMD].”

As usual, the Cupertino-based company is keeping its silence regarding the rumors but should an October press launch be on the horizon, they will have to eventually roll out invites for the occasion.

Right now, countless rumors are making the rounds online on what the refurbished MacBook Pro would look like. Obviously, since Apple is pretty much obsessed with their desire for slimmer gadgets, the idea is also likely to be applied to the forthcoming laptop. More recently, a report claims that a detachable or hybrid design is said to be incorporated in the laptop. While the idea is very likely given the popularity of Microsoft Surface Pro hybrids and Microsoft Surface Book laptop, industry analysts say that chances that Apple would tap into that realm are very slim.