Reports from Apple Insider suggest that the Cupertino company is quietly making preparations for the expected incoming laptop, which some commentators say could land in the final quarter of this year.
Apple Store sources told the site that over the last couple of days the tech giant has started removing the older 13-inch machine from the sales floor, news that admittedly may have some observers responding, "I didn’t even know the Apple Store still displayed the non-Retina Pro."
At US$ 1,099, the non-Retina machine costs US$ 200 less than the Retina version. Besides the superior display, the more recent model is also lighter, slimmer, more powerful, and includes flash storage instead of a spinning hard drive.
Besides being lighter and thinner than the current MacBook Pro, the next-gen machine is expected to include an "OLED display touch bar" in place of the function keys along the top of the keyboard, according to the generally reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
It could also feature an ultra-shallow keyboard similar to that seen on the 12-inch MacBook, the company’s thinnest computer which launched in 2015.
A Touch ID scanner and support for Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C are also expected to appear with the next Pro machine.
As for Apple's wider laptop line-up, Kuo says he expects the company to also introduce a revamped Air as well as a 13-inch MacBook, though he couldn’t offer any retails on what new features they might include.