MacBook Pro 2016: Latest rumours, release date and specs for the new retina model –

Just like the iPhone and the iPad, Apple’s Macbook Pro could be getting a makeover this year.

The rumours of potential changes to the popular laptop have already started to circulate online.

Apple’s next big event is the developer-focused WWDC, which starts on June 13. It’s always possible the company will reveal hardware at the event but at the least there could be clues about what’s coming next.

It’s also important to note that back in May, Apple gave its other Macbook a specifications refresh. For clarification, Apple has three models: the Macbook, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro.

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The Macbook got a faster processor, quicker memory and faster storage. There was also a new rose gold version.

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But plenty of gadget fans are speculating that the global tech giant is quietly working away on a new version of the Pro. Here’s what we know so far.

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Any good internet leak starts with a hastily-snapped picture, likely from a production line in China or Taiwan. The new Macbook is no exception.

According to an image obtained by Apple site Cult of Mac, the next version of the famous laptop may dispose of the function keys running across the top of the keyboard.

Instead, the computer will feature an OLED touch bar that could open up new possibilities.

Release date

When it comes to announcing new gear, Apple keeps its cards pretty close. Invitations to launch events usually only arrive a week or ten days before the selected date.

And in some cases, new upgrades are simply revealed through a simple press statement.

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Apple site Macworld seems to think the new update to the Pro will come at WWDC – which means we don’t have long to wait.


An Apple employee looks over a new window display of Apple’s newly announced MacBook Pro laptop with a retina display at the Apple Store in UTAH

“We’re still keeping our fingers crossed for WWDC 2016 and it seems to be the most likely option, but there has been one recent rumour from trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that suggests the new MacBooks will be coming out in the fourth quarter of 2016, which runs from July to September for Apple,” the site says.


If Apple stays true to form it will likely slot the new Macbook Pro in at the current price points and dial down the current model.

That means it would start at £999 for the 13-inch model and £1,599 for the 15-inch version.


Apple Macbook after its refresh in April 2016

Specifications for the new Macbook Pro are the subject of much discussion but it’s fair to say that there’ll be a quicker processor and perhaps a slightly thinner design.

Storage space could also get a boost, as could the RAM and graphics capabilities. Battery life should also see an increase.

In terms of features, there are heavy rumours that Apple’s Force Touch trackpad could be made even more sensitive.

Some of the slightly more out-there rumours suggest it might have a removable screen that turns into a tablet – basically copying the Microsoft Surface Pro.


The Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Others have suggested that the TouchID feature from iPhones and iPads could be moved across to the new laptop.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground and update this article as and when we find any new information surrounding the Macbook Pro 2016 upgrade.


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