“Leaked photos of what is claimed to be Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro all but confirm it will ship with a new OLED touchpad above its keyboard,” Killian Bell reports for Cult of Mac. “The images sent to Cult of Mac also hint at four USB-C connectors.”

“These photos, sent into us by an anonymous source who claims to work for one of Apple’s manufacturing partners in China,” Bell reports, “reveal a new cutout above the MacBook Pro’s keyboard — where the function keys would normally sit — that could house that OLED touchpad.”

“These photos also suggest that almost all of the connectors on the machine will be replaced by USB-C ports,” Bell reports. “There appear to be two on the right and two on the left sides of the device, while the only other hole looks like a headphone jack.”

This MacBook Pro chassis is unlike any other.  (Photo: Cult of Mac)

This MacBook Pro chassis is unlike any other. (Photo: Cult of Mac)

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MacDailyNews Take: A little birdy tells us that this is the real deal.

Soft keyboards are infinitely malleable.

The problem is… these control buttons that are fixed in plastic and are the same for every application. Well, every application wants a slightly different user interface, a slightly optimized set of buttons, just for it. And what happens if you think of a great idea six months from now? You can’t run around and add a button to these things. They’re already shipped… It doesn’t work because the buttons and the controls can’t change. They can’t change for each application, and they can’t change down the road if you think of another great idea you wanna add to this product. Well, how do you solve this? Hmm. It turns out, we have solved it! — Steve Jobs, unveiling the iPhone, January 9, 2007

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