Based on parts that leaked and credible reports, the MacBook Pro expected to launch later this year is shaping up to be very cool.
A case leak cutout showed that the function keys were likely to be replaced by a touchscreen. However, there are rumors that the MacBook Pro will have a TouchID fingerprint sensor as well, and that’s not depicted in these renders.
The touchscreen bar could be a great place for the traditional Mac menu bar.
It could certainly free up valuable screen real estate.
The next MacBook Pro is expected to sport four USB-C ports.
The touch pad would be great for monitoring downloads.
One concern, at least for me, is that I have muscle memory for pausing, muting, and going to the next track using the function keys. Will the touchpad be as easy to use with your eyes closed?
Rumors also point to the track pad being significantly larger than last year’s model.
One issue is that the power key might not be a physical button anymore.
Here’s a render of what’s expected to be the iPhone 7 Plus.
The next MacBook Pro will probably come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes.
Like the 12-inch MacBook, we expect the new MacBook Pro to have backlit keys.
Currently, the expected launch date is sometime in the fourth quarter, but there’s a slim chance that Apple reveals the new MacBook Pro models at its developers’ conference later this month.