Apple to launch new MacBooks next week, iMac and display in 2017 – ZDNet

​Apple's current Mac lineup

Apple’s current Mac lineup is due for a refresh. (Image: Apple)

Apple will use next week’s media event to release a new 13-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 15-inch MacBook Pro, according to Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities.

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Likely the headliner of the event, the 15-inch MacBook Pro will feature a Retina display, Touch ID, an OLED function row above the keyboard, and upgraded internals, according to rumors. It’s not clear what upgrades the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro will see.

Kuo added some predictions for the MacBook Pro lineup:

(1) Intel’s (US) Skylake processor; (2) the same panel resolution but better display quality and energy efficiency thanks to an oxide panel; (3) a new option of 2TB SSD storage capacity; (4) adoption of a similar processor as Apple Watch to control the OLED touch bar more energy-efficiently in the new MacBook Pro models; and (5) a Type-C & MagSafe-like adapter rolled out by Apple or a third-party supplier, given positive reviews for the MagSafe charging design.

The often-reliable Apple analyst said the 13-inch MacBook will be a successor to the 12-inch Retina MacBook released in 2015 and upgraded in April 2016.

See also: Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (mid-2015) review

Interestingly, Kuo said Apple won’t ship its rumored iMac upgrade or external 5k display until the first half of 2017.

The 5k display, a follow-up to the Thunderbolt Display, is rumored to have an integrated GPU.

Apple’s “Hello Again” event is scheduled to start at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on Oct. 27 and will be live-streamed by Apple. It’s not clear if Apple will announce the iMac and external display at the event or keep it MacBook only.

ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has an in-depth rumor breakdown, detailing what to expect and not expect at next week’s event.

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