“With the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 launches having dominated the Apple news cycle in recent weeks, attention is now turning back to the Mac lineup, which has been in need of updates for quite some time,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors. “Looking ahead to the rapidly approaching holiday shopping season, rumors have suggested Apple is preparing to update several of its Mac lines before the end of the year, led by a redesigned MacBook Pro that has been rumored to be ready for launch ‘as soon as October.'”

MacRumors has learned that Apple is indeed moving rapidly toward a launch of the new MacBook Pro models… Which have been rumored by several sources to include Touch ID support and an OLED ‘touch bar’ replacing the current row of function keys across the top of keyboard,” Slivka reports. “Apple is also said to be shifting to ‘Polaris’ graphics chips from AMD on the higher-end 15-inch models.”

Slivka reports, “Our understanding is that Apple is planning to seed one more beta version of macOS 10.12.1 for developer and public beta testing early next week, with a goal of finalizing the software update by the end of that week so it can be loaded onto the new hardware currently being produced by Apple’s supply chain partners.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yup. Hopefully to be accompanied by the new iMac and the new MacBook Air (and more?) with all unveiled together at a special event next month.