5 Key Things to Expect From Apple’s MacBook Pro Event 2016 [Rumour Roundup]

Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup finally to get a refresh at today’s Apple event.

By Prajith

It's been a long time coming for Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro lineup. And finally, it appears as if the Cupertino tech-giant has taken a note about it. The company sent out a press invite recently for an event scheduled on October 27 at its Apple Campus in Cupertino, California.

5 Key Things to Expect From Apple’s MacBook Pro Event 2016

The invite had nothing but "hello again" written on it hinting at an event specifically dedicated to the MacBook Pro lineup. Since 2012, when MacBook Pro received a major design overhaul, this is the first biggest Mac announcement.

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Although there were bumps in the specification frequently, there were no significant changes in the Mac lineup for the past four years (except for the new MacBook).

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However, it's all about to change today. Although Apple didn't reveal anything about what to expect from the latest MacBook Pro lineup, we already know most of the things to expect from today's event, thanks to the numerous leaks that have surfaced online. Let's check them out one-by-one below.

Major Overhaul in Design

According to the industry analysts, the MacBook Pro (both 13-inch and 15-inch) lineup will receive a major overhaul of sorts as far as design is concerned. Key changes include a thinner and lighter design, not as thin and as light as the MacBook Air, though. Rumours also pointed at a hinge-type design much like the one seen on the Microsoft Surface Book.

Revamped Keyboard strip

Revamped Keyboard strip

Is Apple going to get rid of the physical keys on the keyboard in favour of touchscreen keys? Apparently, yes! The new MacBook Pro lineup will receive a new keyboard setup with the first strip of keys (dedicated to brightness adjustments, volume control, multitasking, and music playback) replaced by an OLED touchbar.

What's interesting about the new tocuhbar, though is its highly adaptable nature. For instance, if you're in a word document, the touchbar will show relatable shortcuts such as copy, paste, or other essential options you'd need. Similarly, the touchbar will offer different shortcuts for different apps and not to mention it is rumoured to be customisable.

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A fingerprint scanner (Touch ID) Incoming

Apple first unveiled the fingerprint scanner or the Touch ID with the Apple iPhone 5s. If rumours are to be believed true, the Touch ID is going to make its way to the MacBook Pro lineup. Bloomberg reported that the Touch ID will be located just beside the new touchbar or may be even integrated into it.

Headphone jack? No!

After killing the headphone jack on the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, apparently, Apple is gearing up to kill the headphone jack on the MacBook Pro lineup as well. For now, take this news with a pinch of salt as there are no concrete details available.

Intel Skylake processors and 2TB of storage space on the cards

It's only obvious to expect a bump in terms of internal hardware. According to one of the reliable Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities, Apple will opt for Intel's Skylake processors this year. Also, if there's one change that all the Mac loyalists want to see, its the bump in the internal storage space.

And as per what Ming-Chi Kuo expects, a 2TB SSD is on the cards as well although you'll have to pay a more heftier price.

Retina display on the MacBook Air?

Currently, there's no solid news on the MacBook Air or the iMacs. However, the MacBook Air is purported to see a bump in resolution meaning it may receive an upgrade to a Retina display, a long overdue update.

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