This is a collection of the important 2016 MacBook Pro rumors that will help you understand what is coming in 2016, and possibly when you can buy it.
In June we add leaked photos that show what could be the bottom half of the2016 MacBook Pro with room for an OLED touch panel, openings for Apple’s new keys and four USB Type C ports.
We expect that the 2016 MacBook Pro release date is drawing closer, but it may not come as soon as we originally thought. A common MacBook Pro release date window is coming up, but new reports suggest that we may need to wait until late 2016.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is over a year old, arriving in March 2015. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a year old this month. This helps point to a possible 2016 MacBook Pro release date window, but there are complications.
The potential shake up to the MacBook line up as Apple may remove the MacBook Air and reposition the 2016 MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pro adds more intrigue to what Apple will offer, and in some cases may push more users to wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro.
While there is some question over a 2016 MacBook Air, there is no doubt in our mind that we will see a 2016 MacBook Pro release that delivers more power and new features. We may also see a new 2016 MacBook Pro design, but the sizes will likely be the same.
2016 MacBook Pro Release Date
The 2016 MacBook Pro release date is coming in the fourth quarter according to a new report from the man who accurately predicted multiple Apple release dates over the last several years.
We expected a summer MacBook Pro release date, but this new report suggests Apple will not make that timeline due to new features and production of parts.
In the report Ming Chi Kuo calls this the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.”, which means you may need to wait.
A once easy to predict MacBook Pro release schedule is not as easy to estimate due to Intel’s processors coming in later than expected. Apple relies on Intel’s chips to power the MacBook Pro and other MacBooks and Apple has less control over when these come out than they do for the Apple A-series processors in the iPhone and iPad. All signs point to a new Intel Skylake processor in the 2016 MacBook Pro Retina updates.
The processor may not hold up a 2016 MacBook Pro release date, but a new design, an OLED display touch bar and Touch ID could be part of the reason for a later release.
2016 MacBook Pro Design
What will the 2016 MacBook Pro look like? If you are a fan of thin and light notebooks, but you need the power of the MacBook Pro, this could be the most exciting 2016 MacBook Pro rumor.
We’ve heard that the 2016 MacBook Pro design will share more in common with the MacBook than with the current MacBook Pro.
A leak shared by Cult of Mac shows us a new design with keyboard that uses the newer layout found on the MacBook and the Apple Magic keyboard, but with an opening at the top that will likely include an OLED touch panel to control some functions. The touchpad looks bigger than the current model and the photos also show what looks like a thinner body.
This also gives us a look at the connectivity changes that will accompany the new design with four USB Type C ports and a headphone jack. There is no SD card reader or MagSafe 2 charging connection shown.
The finished looking images on this page are concepts from Martin Hajek, showing what the 2016 MacBook Pro might look like, but this is not a leak or a final design. Expect to see the 2016 MacBook Pro colors match the MacBook with gold, rose gold, space gray and silver.
This lines up with an additional report from Jack March who shares that a source inside Apple tells him the new Apple laptops will include a thinner MacBook Pro instead of a 2016 MacBook Air.
Expect to see a new OLED touch display above the keyboard according to Kuo. This is not a first, as Lenovo did this on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, but ended up going back to physical keys. The video above shows off an adaptive keyboard row, which is likely what Apple could use a touch screen row for.
In the report we learn that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro design may deliver a notebook that is thinner at the thickest point than the current MacBook Air, and lighter than those models too.
2016 MacBook Pro Features
Aside from being thin and light, the biggest 2016 MacBook Pro features will likely come from the Skylake processors and the new GPU options. We could see Apple add in some new features with a complete design refresh, but rumors are still sparse.
The 2016 MacBook Pro will likely arrive with USB-C as an all-in-one connection solution, but with something extra. This will likely include ThunderBolt 3 over USB C. With this new tech the 2016 MacBook Pro could theoretically power dual 4K displays over a USB C cable or a single 5K display. While Apple does not sell a 4K or 5K monitor yet, it is on the wishlist for many Mac users and the Thunderbolt Display stock is low.
The report from Ming-Chi Kuo outlines the likely addition of Touch ID to the Mac. This would allow users to login and authenticate purchases as well as secure passwords and notes.
Apple holds a patent for Touch ID on a Mac, and with the wide adoption on iPhone and iPad this makes sense. If this happens you may also see Apple Pay for Mac.
2016 MacBook Pro Specs
There are a lot of moving parts still, so these are just the basics of the rumored 2016 MacBook Pro specs that take into account the Intel Skylake chips, RAM and storage options.
- 6th Gen Intel Skylake Processors (15-inch Potential and 13-inch Potential)
- Potential GPU Upgrade for 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016
- 8GB and 16GB RAM Options – Non User Replaceable
- Four USB Type C Ports
- 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD Options
While it would be great to see a higher capacity starting storage option on the 2016 MacBook Pro, it seems unlikely. If Apple is cutting out the MacBook Air as some rumors suggest, Apple may position an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro at a more appealing price.
2016 MacBook Pro Battery Life
Rumors suggesting Apple will kill off the MacBook Air line and efficiency gains from the processors that will likely appear in the 2016 MacBook Pro are the key reasons to expect better battery life.
The current MacBook Pro battery life is rated around 10 hours of wireless web use for the 13-inch and 9 hours wireless web use on the 15-inch. For comparison the 13-inch MacBook Air is rated for 12 hours of wireless web use.
Intel claims that the Skylake processors could deliver 30% longer battery life than previous models. While you may not see a real world 30% boost, there is a good chance that Apple will deliver better MacBook Pro battery life on the new models.
We would be happy with the 12-hour rating of the 13-inch MacBook Air on the 2016 MacBook Pro, which would likely translate into at least 10 hours of actual use.