New MacBook Pro with Retina display 2016 release date, specs & feature rumours: New MacBooks imminent – Macworld UK

There are two sizes of MacBook Pro models available from Apple right now – a 13in model, last updated in March 2015, and a 15in model, last updated in May 2015. We anticipate that Apple will be updating these models in the near future, possibly at a March event that’s just around the corner. You’ll find everything there is to know so far about new MacBook Pro 2016 models in this release date, specs and features rumour round-up.

MacBook Pro 2016 release date: When is the new MacBook Pro coming out?

Apple is expected to release new MacBook Pro models soon. We hope to hear more about them at the rumoured March event, but it may take until WWDC in June before we hear anything.

If new MacBooks do arrive in March, current speculation suggests that the date will be 21st, and that event may also see the launch of a new iPhone SE, an iPad Air 3 and new Apple Watch bands.

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MacBook Pro 2016 specs & hardware: What new features with the new MacBook Pro have?

The new MacBook Pro models are likely to feature Skylake processors, the new, sixth generation chips by Intel. Right now, none of Apple’s MacBooks offer Skylake so it’s highly likely that Apple plans to address this soon. Skylake will bring significant performance gains to the new MacBook Pro, too, making it an even faster machine.

Competitors including HP, Dell and Microsoft have already moved to Skylake, so Apple is beginning to look like it’s trailing behind.

Skylake could improve battery life, too, working with El Capitan to improve efficiency. The 13in Retina MacBook Pro already offers 10 hours of battery life and the 15in model offers 8 hours, but we’d like to see that improve to match the 12 and 9 hours offered by the MacBook Air.

The 15in models of the MacBook Pro currently offer quad-core i7 processors, which means they compare very favourably with the 27in iMacs. We hope that the 2016 model maintains these quad-core processors, but when the Mac mini was updated in October of 2014 it lost its quad-core processor options, which could spell the same fate for the MacBook Pro.

One MacBook Pro rumour doing the rounds goes as far as to say that the 2016 models will have a touchscreen, and that it might even be detachable from the screen a lot like the Surface Book. We’d be very surprised if this rumour is true, but anything’s possible.

In fact, we’re not expecting the design of the MacBook Pro to change much, if at all. It’s possible that a gold model will be launched, but Apple might reserve that for the 12in MacBook, which could also see an update in March.

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