Apple is hosting an event on Thursday, October 27, and likely to announce some new Mac computers.
About time, too, because the MacBook Pro as we know it has barely changed since it was released in 2009, save for a slimmer design, spec updates, and a sharper Retina display.
We have a pretty good idea of all-new features to expect during Apple’s event from the numerous leaks and rumours. Check it out:
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.
One of the biggest new features in Apple's new MacBook Pro 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.
This rumour was reinforced earlier this week when a MacRumors reader discovered Apple had leaked images of the new MacBook Pro inside the new macOS Sierra update.
That OLED strip is said to let users customise the 'F' key functions, whereas those keys on the MacBook Pro can't be customised.
For example, you could potentially move the volume control keys (F10 to F12 on the current MacBook Pro). Or you could assign one of the keys on the OLED strip to open an app or a shortcut to a feature.
The new MacBook Pros will apparently use USB-C ports for connecting external devices, like external hard drives, displays, and anything else you normally connect to your computer, according to Ars Technica.
And now the latest from Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara citing a 'reliable' Chinese supplier claims the upcoming MacBook Pro won't come with the good ol' USB ports at all.
That means you might need an adaptor 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 you could have all your devices connected to a single USB-C adaptor rather than having multiple cables sticking out of your MacBook Pro, which makes it easier to plug and unplug all your peripherals when you need to.
Ars Technica also claims that USB-C will be used for charging the new MacBook Pro.
This one worries us 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 your MacBook Pro if you trip or pull on the wire by accident.
If you 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.
We'll have to wait and see, but it seems like a devolution rather than an upgrade if the rumour is true.
Kuo predicts the new MacBook Pro will have a TouchID fingerprint sensor built into the power button, which can be used instead of typing in a password to unlock the laptop.
Like it is on the iPhone, using TouchID to unlock the new MacBook Pro would be easier and more convenient than typing in a password, especially if you're doing it multiple times a day.
Most of the new MacBook Pros will used Intel's latest 'Skylake' processors, and some of the models designed for users who need extra graphics power for video games and photo/video editing will include AMD's 'Polaris' graphical processors, according to Bloomberg's Gurman.
Apple's new macOS Sierra will come with some nifty features, including 'picture in picture' mode that will let you 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.
Apple will announce the new MacBook Pros available on October 27, but if the company doesn't launch the new computers the same day, it might make customers wait a few weeks to get the first models. We expect Apple will be ready for the big holiday push.
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