Apple is rumored to try a new out of the ordinary trick. We might soon see a new MacBook Pro, a.k.a. MBP, iteration with an OLED touch bar assuming the role of its traditional function keys.
Every now and then some new rumor surrounding Apple, surfaces. The latest rumor, suggesting a big design revamp in the MacBook Pro series, has recently made to the limelight. The latest speculation is suggested by KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo.
Kuo has a long record of providing many accurate leaks of the Cupertino-based tech giant. The latest hum, about the MBP revamp, is suggested by Kuo in a research note.
A lot of new changes – other than the inclusion of an OLED touch bar – are to be witnessed in the next MBP device, according to Kuo. The Macintosh device is to follow the screen-size tradition, and thus will come in the regular 13-inch and 15-inch variants. However, new redesigned keypad and hinges will impart a new thinner and lighter feel to the soon-to-come computer.
Apple’s yearly WWDC, Worldwide Developers Conference, is scheduled for June.
Kuo suggests that all the major changes, to the next MacBook Pro device will be introduced by the iPhone-maker late in the 4th quarter of 2016. This suggests that no major change can be anticipated in next month’s WWDC, regarding the MBP.
Other than getting a new thinner and lighter design revamp, the next MacBook Pro device is expected to include Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports. In addition, Kuo’s research note also hints at Apple integrating its Touch ID fingerprint scanners into the upcoming laptops.
MBP is the successor to earlier OS X-based, the PowerBook G4 series of notebook computers.
iPhone-maker introduced the first-ever Macintosh portable computer in January 2006, nearly at the same time when it announced to discontinue its PowerBook G4 devices .Though at that time, a 17-inch variant of the device was available; only two variants, namely 13-inch and 15-inch, are available at this point in time.
Nevertheless, the idea of adding an OLED touch bar to assume the role of function keys, seems a bit outrageous. Why? Because you’ll have to learn a different gesture for every function key, if, removed from the device. This is comparatively much harder to follow when compared to the ease of simply pressing a physical (function) key to trigger a particular command.
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