Macbook Pro 2016 release date at WWDC 2016? specs include slim body, auto-unlock function, Apple Pencil support

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The new generation MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to be announced during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, with some of the specifications predicted to become top of the line improvements.

According to reports, some of the updated features of the laptop include faster graphics, flash storage, and a better battery life for longer usage. The Retina Display may also be upgraded to offer superior visual experience for the users with the size presumably to come either in 13-inch or 15-inch. It is also expected to be equipped with the latest processor, Skylake, believed to be a major upgrade in the device’s line as it gives energy efficiency and speedier performance.

There are also speculations that the device may use metal injection holding inspired by Microsoft’ Surface Pro. The Cupertino-based giant is apparently enlisting the services of Amphenol, which makes hinges for the Surface Pro to manufacture the said material for the MacBook Pro. The process is deemed to enable having super-slim gadgets with thinner and lighter dimensions.

Moreover, other possible added functionalities rumored to be in the hardware are native support for Apple Pencil stylus and password-free unlocking using iPhone Touch ID feature but not with a fingerprint.

The support for the accessory is suggested by the alleged new patent from the company that reveals the pen being used in trackpads, while the auto unlock function will allow an iPhone to unlock a laptop in close proximity. The latter feature is deemed to alleviate the need to enter a password on a protected MacBook which will be made possible through Bluetooth LE frameworks. The function may also potentially be extended to the Apple Watch.

However, since Apple has yet to announce anything official, available information should be taken with a grain of salt. It remains to be seen if the assumptions are true during WWDC, which will take place from June 13 to 16.