After launching the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple is now turning its attention to the Mac lineup. Over the past year, Apple has launched the all new thin and light MacBook, it even refreshed the MacBook Pro by bumping its processor and adding Force Touch trackpad. This year, Apple is expected to give the long overdue revamp to its MacBook Pro range. Also Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
Citing sources, MacRumors reports that the new MacBook Pro range could be launched sometime in late October. We have already come across leaks and rumors giving us a fair idea of what to expect from the new MacBooks. Among the biggest changes, the new MacBook Pro is expected to come with a Touch ID power button that could allow users to login without having to key in the password. This sensor may also take advantage of Apple Pay on macOS Sierra, making it easier for users when shopping online.
Just above the keyboard, an OLED touch panel is also likely to be in tow. It could replace the existing Function keys and the OS X dock. Apple may also allow users to add custom shortcut keys for play / pause, skip tracks and volume controls on the touch panel, or it could also use it for displaying notifications. On the connectivity front four USB Type-C ports are expected (two on each side) and a 3.5mm audio port on the right side.
The 13-inch model could also come with a different speaker placement placed on either side of the keyboard, rather than beneath the keyboard as on current 13-inch models. The speaker relocation will also allow Apple to make enough space for the OLED touch panel. For the higher-end 15-inch variant, Apple is also reportedly shifting to Polaris graphic card from AMD.
Reports also point to Apple working on a 5K external display with LG, to fill in the gap created due to discontinuation of Thunderbolt Display. From what be learned earlier, Apple may present its MacBook Air as an entry-level laptop, with the 12-inch MacBook being placed as a mid-tier and MacBook Pro models being the top-end laptops. The Mac Pro and Mac Mini are also outdated and need a refresh, but currently, Apple doesn t seem to be in working on updating them this year. ALSO READ: Leaked photos of Apple MacBook Pro 2016 chassis shows off cutout for OLED touch bar, 4 USB Type-C ports