MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs: OLED function strip checks out with supposedly leaked Apple codes


With Apple’s press event this month that will finally tick off the iPhone 7 from the company’s list of forthcoming devices, tech buffs can now devote more attention to other gadgets such as the upcoming MacBook Pro. While everyone seems to just be waiting for the official announcement for the smartphone, laptops like the aforementioned one continue to get its steady dose of specs rumors which may or may not come with the device once released.

As of now, it is safe to bet that the MacBook Pro 2016 will definitely be a thinner one compared to its predecessor. Chalk it up to the company’s undying struggle to keep their products thin and light as possible. This is also partially the same reason why the tech giant is said to be incorporating a flatter keyboard. The change in the keys’ dimension, as reported by 9to5 Mac, coincides with the previously reported strip screen keys that will take the place of the usual function row which will, in turn, be fully touch-operated. It will also have customizable features which will allow it to change purpose depending on the task being processed by the laptop. TIME has cited that the changes in the keyboard are only fitting given that Apple has previously rolled out similar improvements with their other devices like the Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro.

On top of the changes in the mechanisms and aesthetics of the laptop, the new touch bar will also have its own improvements by having OLED incorporated. Users will be shown a screen that shows the function strip while other apps, on the other hand, will have specific touch buttons on the OLED display. The new feature is already virtually confirmed as reported by French site Consomac (via BGR) who apparently spotted the phrase “Customize Function Row” in the leaked codes for Apple’s Pages application.

It is important to note that while these specs reports have been so prevalent over the last couple of weeks, Apple has yet to confirm anything about the supposed MacBook Pro 2016. The company’s currently most powerful portable does not even have an official release date, but business insiders are rooting for a launch just before the holiday shopping season starts due to possible profit increase.