Last month we came across a report where KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned that Apple is working on thinner and lighter MacBook Pro with OLED touch bar placed about the keyboard. Now a couple of spy shots of the MacBook Pro chassis have surfaced online, which shows off its refreshed design. The refreshed MacBook Pro lineup is likely to be announced sometime in the fourth quarter of this year. It is likely to take some design cues from the 12-inch MacBook and might include a Touch ID sensor as well. Also Read - iPhone 11 selling with more than Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited periodAlso Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
Based on the photos acquired by Cult of Mac, the aluminum chassis with missing Function keys in the top row, all but confirm, the speculation of the new OLED touch bar. This touch bar could comprise of a lip that would slip into the small cutout on the left. The right side shows a slightly bigger cutout with three pins that are likely to connect the touch bar with the logic board underneath. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
From what is rumored, this OLED touchpad is likely to replace multiple functions apart from the Function keys. Some possibilities include adding custom shortcut keys, replacing the OS X dock or may also be used for displaying notifications. In other photo showing the sides of the chassis, we can see cutouts for four USB Type-C port (two on either side) and an audio jack on the right-hand side.
The speaker placement for 13-inch model also seems to be relocated to either side of the keyboard. Currently, the 13-inch model has speakers placed on the back of the keyboard, whereas the 15-inch Macbook Pro has speakers placed besides the keyboard. Moving the speakers for forward-facing sound experience could also allow Apple to make room for the OLED touch pad on the 13-inch model.
Apple is all set to host the WWDC 2016 developer conference on June 13 and chances of getting a glimpse at the redesigned 2016 MacBook Pro are slim as Apple would focus on software. However, the new MacBook Pro s may not launch until the fourth quarter. Apple is also expected to show off a Siri-powered speaker that will take on Amazon Echo and Google Home, along with new software for iOS devices, Macs and more.