MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs: Apple considering removal of headphone jack in upcoming device?

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It has been over a year since Apple updated its MacBook Pro line, and it looks like this year is the perfect time for a refresh. While the Cupertino-based company has yet to confirm its plans for the MacBook Pro 2016, recent reports suggest that the tech giant is planning some changes to be incorporated in the upcoming laptop.

MacRumors reports that in recent weeks, Apple has been sending out surveys to users asking about MacBook Pro features, particularly its headphone jack. A Twitter user shared a screenshot of the survey question with the website, and it reads, “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina Display?”

There are several other reports on Twitter from users who claim that they have been asked the same question. This suggests that Apple could be considering the removal of the headphone jack from the next-generation device. As the company has already eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, it is likely that all other Apple products could follow suit. It was rumored that the laptop could have one or two USB-C ports instead of the headphone jack.

MacBook Pro users have also been asked how they upload photos from a digital camera or phone to their laptop. Those who participated in the survey were asked to choose if they transferred photos wirelessly, or if they used an SXDC card, USB, or a cable.

It was rumored that Apple could release two new versions of the device a 13-inch model, and a 15-inch variant. It is believed that both laptops will have the sixth-generation Skylake chips, which are touted to improve speed and battery life. It was also claimed that the device could have an improved security feature with the addition of Touch ID fingerprint recognition. Tech fans are expecting that the new MacBook Pro will have Apple Pencil support.

The MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to be released later this year and is estimated to cost $1,119 for the 13-inch model and $2,099 for the 15-inch version.