According to a new report from KGI Securities, Apple plans to introduce a 2016 MacBook Pro that will feature an OLED Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor.
We’ve previously come across indications that Apple is working to integrate physical keyboards and touch keyboards on board its line of laptops, but new indications point to the 2016 MacBook Pro featuring an OLED Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor.
The 2016 MacBook Pro, which would arrive in the latter half of the year, would arrive in 13″ and 15″ variations.
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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo posited that “the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple‘s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3.”
Apple has previously patented a Fusion Keyboard, which would integrate physical keys with touch functionality; effectively creating a keypad that could double as a trackpad. Integrating an OLED Touch Bar to replace function keys could pave the way for a new keyboard that could occupy the extra real estate in future.
Kuo further cited that the 2016 MacBook Pro will see “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” and will be accompanied by a change that will see the MacBook Air move to become the entry level model, followed by the 12″ standard MacBook.
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