New Retina MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs & feature rumours: Why we may have to wait until after Apple’s 21 … – Macworld UK
When will the next MacBook Pro for 2016 come out? The Pro line-up is due for an update, isn’t it?
We think there could be new MacBook Pro models pretty soon. There are two sizes of MacBook Pro models available from Apple right now: a 13in model, which was last updated in March 2015, and a 15in model, last updated in May 2015. So yes, we do anticipate that Apple will update these models in the near future – possibly at its (now-confirmed) 21 March launch event. 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?
Update, 11 March 2016: Apple launch incoming! The invites have gone out for a keynote press event on 21 March, as has been expected for a few weeks. The event will start at 5pm on the evening of Monday 21 March.
Will there be new MacBook Pros at this launch event? It’s a possibility: Apple often launches new laptops at this time of year, and the 13in MacBook Pro model was last updated a year ago. (The 15in version is slightly younger.) But there aren’t any hints in the invite to suggest laptop-related announcements – if you enjoy decoding Apple’s cryptic invites, take a look at our rundown of the 14 most mysterious Apple invitations – and we’ve been getting the sense lately that Apple is trying to play down expectations on the Mac front.
Perhaps there will be a separate Mac event shortly after; perhaps we will have to wait until WWDC in June. We hope to be wrong, however: it would be nice to get some new Macs on the 21 March.
We do expect the iPhone SE and the iPad Air 3 on the 21 March, as well as – partly suggested by the phrase ‘Let us loop you in’ – updates related to the Apple Watch. New Apple Watch bands are a strong possibility. But to find out more, you’ll need to follow the announcements on the night…
MacBook Pro 2016 rumours: How to watch Apple’s 21 March launch event live stream
Apple will stream its 21 March launch event live, and it starts at 10am PDT, which (because of complications due to daylight savings time) translates to 5pm UK time. (That’s 5pm, not 6pm as we said previously!) We expect to hear lots of iPhone SE-related announcements, but there could be some Mac news too – it’s the MacBook time of year, after all.
You can watch the launch event live on Apple’s website, on an iPad or iPhone, on a Mac, on an Apple TV, or on a PC.
If you’re on an iPad or iPhone, you’ll need to view that page in Safari on a device running iOS 4.2 or later.
If you’re on a Mac, you’ll need to view that page in Safari 4 or later on a system running OS X 10.6 or later.
If you’re on Apple TV, it’ll need to be a second- or third-generation model with tvOS 5.0.2 or later.
Finally, Apple is allowing PC users to stream the event for the first time. If you’ve got Windows 10 you’ll be able to stream the event on that site by using the Edge browser; we understand that those on earlier versions of Windows will also be able to watch the event, but they will need to use VLC or a similar media player app. Apple also states that Windows users will require QuickTime 7.
For more on this, check our article explaining How to watch the iPhone SE launch event live, which will also feature our liveblog, offering expert analysis of the announcements as they come. We’ll get past the hype and company statements to tell you what the announcements really mean for you.
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Podcast: What to expect from Apple’s 21 March launch event
If you’d rather listen to us talk about likely announcements on Monday night rather than read about them, you’re in luck.
On 18 March, the UK Tech Weekly Podcast talked about the chances of new Macs making an appearance at Monday’s Apple press event (among quite a bit of other vaguely tech-related nonsense). If you’d like to listen in, the Apple segment begins at 28:45.
The UK Tech Weekly Podcast comes out every Friday. You can subscribe for regular updates, and remember to like and comment on the podcast if you enjoyed it, or have suggestions for topics we can discuss in future.
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.