The MacBook Pro could be getting the first major upgrade in years with touch-screen tech, and availability in a choice different colours, Read more…
PERIOD OF STAGNATION…
After some considerable period where upgrades have been mainly limited to internal component improvements, Apple sources (according to Bloomberg) have suggested that the new range of Macbook Pros will incorporate some major face lifts and ergonomic improvements.
The MacBook Pro series of laptops haven’t seen any substantial overhaul in several years, and as such MacBook sales have been on the decline, albeit with a slight resurgence in volumes during the second quarter of 2016.
NEW UPDATES, CHANGES AND FEATURES
However all that is potentially about to change, as Apple plan to make the new range of MacBook Pros even thinner, with more powerful graphics, and include a Touch-ID fingerprint security sensor function.
The major new feature, however, will be a new touch-screen strip that will replace the existing function keys. The new touch-strip will be a series of OLED-based icons (according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo), which change appearance and behaviour depending on which application you have open, and what you are doing.
An example might be that when using iTunes the strip’s icons would transform into ‘playback’ style buttons for controlling music. Whereas when using document and spreadsheet editing software the icons would change into editing buttons for copying and pasting text, or formulas together with similarly common commands for working within specific documents, programs and environments.
USB-C ports are also apparently being included, allowing a compatible accessory to charge much faster than with previous older-tech USB ports.
NEW RANGE OF COLOURS?
There may also be the option to order your new Macbook Pro in a range of colours – including silver, gold, grey and possibly white, (maybe even bespoke?) – at least according to the leaked reports.
These changes would mark the first major upgrade to the MacBook Pro range in four years. The last major enhancement to the MacBook Pro was in 2012 when Apple added Retina displays.
But don’t get too excited just yet, as sources close to Apple have suggested that these revised changes won’t be occurring imminently, and no set date has yet been given for roll out this year.
There may be more information available at the next iPhone launch event (which reports suggest might be around the 7th September 2016). We will keep you posted – please sign up to our newsletter for all the latest tech and new product information, together with great offers and deals ->
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