Apple’s all-new MacBook Pro looks likely for late October launch

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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.


  1. Any news on the Mac Pro?

    If nothing this year then maybe we can conclude that APPLE has given up on this segment because they figure they can’t compete with the commodity prices of servers from Dell, HP and others.

    I’ve started looking at rack servers from these other providers and I’m impressed with what you can get for a reasonable price. They may not be pretty or quiet but you can get a lot of machine in the $3k to $4k range, allowing you to load Red Hat or SUSE and the application you need, like a stat package made for multi-processors, and at that point I guess it doesn’t really matter what it’s running on.

    I have to admit to slowly moving in this direction and not getting too worked up over the looming move to another platform for this part of my work, and maybe even concluding I’m better off for it. It’s been a slow drift on my part toward exploring these other options, but I have to admit, I’m coming around to it and not having a Mac Pro no longer bothers me the way it use to a year or so ago.

    1. Tim Cook is responsible for attitudes such as this. People are no longer bothered if they have to move to Windows or Linux.

      It didnt use to be this way.

      There’s no reason it HAS to be this way.

      1. You simply pull these things out of the air as usual with no evidence, no back up, it’s words that have been parroted for the last 25 years by those with a warped ulterior motive to persue, and it’s as baseless now as it has been during that time.

  2. I don’t need a server. I just need fast CPUs, each with 6-8 cores, 128mb of RAM, and 2-4Tb x 2 disks (for RAID). It’s pretty boring really. Nothing too fancy, just some muscle and space to process large data sets in a short time period, and possibly at a competitive price. I figured that last item would be hard, but I can afford to pay some extra for the added bonus of working in OS-X.

    Maybe what APPLE is experimental with is the A10/11/12…. chip in a large cluster machine. I know there are a host of technical hurdles, especially on the software side, but if they could get VMware, for example, to provide an emulation solution (I know, slower) then maybe no one would have to lose the use of most of their third party applications.

    I’d prefer to see APPLE breakout this way rather than stick with INTEL, even though there would be a lot of pushback from the market. But if they gave us a way forward that held real promise for stunning performance then I think many of us would go with them on it.

      1. lol You’re right! If I had been thinking, I could have pulled one of my original pre-fat-Macs off the shelf and been set. I’m not sure how I would have handled all the disk swapped needed to get my data set loaded, but that’s a problem for another day.

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