MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs: laptop reportedly aimed at gamers, to be unveiled on October 27?

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With the month of October almost coming to an end, rumors suggest that an updated version of MacBook Pro will soon be announced featuring a better security system and a high-end graphics processor compared to the current models.

According to Time, now is a really bad time to purchase new laptops from Apple as they will reportedly unveil their next-generation offerings on Oct. 27. It is deemed that the timing is right for the Cupertino-based tech giant since they have recently launched a new version of their operating system, the macOS Sierra, and consumers are ready to spend their money this holiday season.

When it comes to specifications, the high-end MacBook Pro 2016 is predicted to be aimed at video gamers and will possibly have support for virtual reality (VR) technology. It is believed to be equipped with a more powerful and efficient graphics card.

The updated notebook will also be thinner and could introduce a touch-screen strip to replace the physical function keys. Moreover, it could also have a next-generation Retina display and a Touch ID sensor similar to the iPhone line, presumably to increase the security of the gadget.

The device is said to have been in advanced testing within the company since earlier this year and may come in two different sizes a 13-inch screen and a larger 15-inch version. Under the hood, it may be powered by Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor. Meanwhile, others suggest that it may be packed with Intel’s Skylake system-on-chip (SoC) instead, which will increase the device’s performance by 20 percent.

Moreover, there will apparently be some improvements in the cooling system to avoid overheating when used. USB Type-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 may also be utilized for connectivity.

The price of the 13-inch Retina display is expected to be around $1119 while the 15-inch iteration could probably start at $2099. However, since there is no official announcement yet from Apple, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.