Apple hasn’t updated its MacBook Pro line-up since the launch of 15-inch MacBook Pro in May 2015. Recently there have been speculations that the Cupertino giant might launch the MacBook Pro 2016 at the time of the iPhone launch event scheduled in September this year.
Sales of Apple’ MacBooks have gone down in the US market, as Mac users wait for the launch of the next MacBook Pro. Rumours suggest that Apple might just ditch the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming Mac, just like it will be doing with its forthcoming iPhones.
This year’s MacBook is expected to come in a revamped design language, with a slimmer and lighter construction, Touch-ID fingerprint reader, USB Type–C ports and Thunderbolt 3. Some previously leaked images have suggested the presence of an OLED display touch bar. This touch bar is presumed to replace the physical function keys and additionally display notifications.
The upcoming Mac will come solely with four USB Type-C ports. There is also a possibility of the MacBook Pro 2016 with inbuilt cellular connectivity with 4G.
The new Mac is presumed to sport a 2304 X 1440 resolution display with 226 ppi (pixels per inch). It may also come with a 4K display with pixel density jumping up to 400 ppi.
The forthcoming Mac may feature the Butterfly key mechanism. The MacBook Pro is expected to be powered by Intel’s sixth generation Skylake processors. This will result in considerably improved performance with lower power consumption. This should result in improved battery life of up to 12 hours.
Current MacBook Pro features the top of the line quad-core Core i7 processors, but Apple may replace them with the ultra-low power dual core i7 chips. While this may result in much better battery back-up, but affect the performance.
The top graphics manufacturers – Nvidia and AMD are preparing to introduce new Graphics card this year, some of which may just land inside the upcoming Mac. AMD’s 14nm FinFET and NVIDIA’s 16nm FinFET Plus promise massive performance improvements with lesser heating and improved power efficiency.
Some rumors have speculated that the Apple MacBook may come with a custom designed AMD graphics processor based on 14nm FinFET providing double performance gains.