“Apple plans to introduce a revamped high-end MacBook Pro this year that’ll include a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo,” Husain Sumra reports for MacRumors. “The new MacBook Pro would come in 13- and 15-inch variations and arrive in the fourth quarter of 2016. ”
While long overlooked, 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. — Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities
“The 12-inch MacBook will also be joined by a 13-inch MacBook, according to Kuo,” Sumra reports. “The analyst believes that Apple will move forward with all three MacBook lines this year, with the MacBook Pro occupying the high-end slot, the MacBook will replace the Air as the medium-level model and the MacBook Air will serve as an entry-level model with comparatively low prices.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Odds are likely that an OLED touch bar will include Apple’s patented haptic feedback (see Apple’s Taptic Engine-powered Force Touch trackpads and the Apple Watch) that’ll make it seem like you’re pressing real keys.