Based on the latest rumors, the market may see an all-new MacBook Pro with a new look and new features since its release in 2009.
Aside from the report that it will be released this coming October, several rumors might be worth checking:
- There will be two main models with different screen sizes.
The often reliable and accurate analyst Ming Chi Kuo from KGI Securities predicts that Apple will release two sizes of the MacBook Pro, with 13-inch and 15-inch screens.
- It'll have a new design.
A report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claims the new MacBook Pros will have some subtle design changes, like "shallower curves around the edges," which could give them a sleeker and sharper design.
- They'll be even thinner than the current MacBook Pro lineup.
Kuo believes the new MacBook Pros will have an even thinner design than the current crop.
To help make the new MacBook Pros thinner, Apple is reportedly designing new hinges to save space, according to the Chinese news site Commercial Times.
- It'll have an OLED strip with customizable keys instead of the 'F' keys.
One of the biggest supposed new features on Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro lineup is an OLED display strip that will take the place of the "F" keys, which are usually found above the row of number keys on a keyboard, according to 9to5Mac.
That OLED strip is said to let users customize the "F" key functions, whereas those keys on the MacBook Pro can't be customized.
For example, users could potentially move the volume control keys (F10 to F12 on the current MacBook Pro). Or they could assign one of the keys on the OLED strip to open an app or a shortcut to a feature.
- It'll use USB-C.
The new MacBook Pros will apparently use USB-C ports for connecting external devices, like external hard drives, displays, and anything else users normally connect to their computer, according to Ars Technica.
That means they might need an adapter to connect legacy peripherals that don't use USB-C, which could be a pain.
At the same time, USB-C allows for faster data transfer speeds, and users could have all their devices connected to a single USB-C adapter rather than having multiple cables sticking out of their MacBook Pro, which makes it easier to plug and unplug all the peripherals when they need to.
- USB-C will also be used for charging.
Ars Technica also claims that USB-C will be used for charging the new MacBook Pro.
This one worries many a little, as USB-C for charging might not be as practical as the MagSafe power connectors used on the current MacBook Pros. That's because the MagSafe's magnetic connection allows the power cord to disconnect safely without damaging the MacBook Pro if the user trip or pull on the wire by accident.
If they accidentally trip on a USB-C cable, on the other hand, it could pull the new MacBook Pro off a table and potentially damage it, as a USB-C's connection could be more secure.
- It'll run Apple's new macOS Sierra.
Apple's new macOS Sierra will come with some nifty features, including "picture in picture" mode that'll let users pop out a video in a separate window, save space by storing old files and apps in iCloud, and use Apple's Siri voice-activated assistant.