2016 MacBook Pro Redesigned With Touch ID, Features OLED Touch Bar Above Keyboard, More [Report]

Explaining about the new MacBook Pro updates and their biggest spot for Apple’s 2016 WWDC roll outs. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is at it again, this time with a report on what Apple’s plans to introduce at its WWDC 2016 conference this June. May introduce a high-end MacBook Pro before the end of the current calendar year. Will hit stores late in 2017.

The generally extremely accurate analyst is suggesting that the new MacBook Pro could be unveiled during the fourth quarter of 2016, and ship with a thinner form factor and of course lighter in weight that would apparently include addition of technologies that have been previously unseen on a MacBook profile, such as the integration of a touch-sensitive OLED display bar right above the keyboard.

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook, we and you’ll need some patience to see what gets introduced later in the year by Apple. Ming-Chi Kuo is indeed trying to raise excitement levels for the introduction of this particular new MacBook line, calling it “the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple”.

The latest MacBook Pro would be offered in 13 and 15-inch form factors, and in addition to being thinner and lighter, with unique OLED display panel bar above the keyboard, it will also come equipped with Touch ID sensor.

While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Appleā€™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.

The speculated OLED display touch panel would perfectly fit above the notebook’s standard keyboard in replacement of the physical function keys that currently allow users to change things like screen brightness, output volume and flick seamlessly between playing media on the MacBook.


Additionally, the new MacBook Pro with Touch ID integration will bring in the ability authenticate using fingerprints instead of passwords, just like how it has been on iPhones and iPads for a while. The report also claims that the 12-inch MacBook model could be accompanied by a new 13-inch model, while the MacBook Air will continue to serve as the entry-lever cheaper OS X powered machine.

Suggestions that we could welcome to new MacBook range into our lives by the Q4 of this year means that we could likely be officially introduced to the thinner and lighter hardware during Apple’s September-bound event, with more info coming in as we close in on the month.