A MacBook Pro refresh has been long awaited, and the end of 2016 is likely to see it. However, the new MacBook Pro won't just be receiving a design change; it will be receiving a complete overhaul from power to functionality. If you want an idea of just what we'll be seeing in the fall, here is a full rumors roundup of the 2016 MacBook Pro.
The 2016 MacBook Pro is likely to come in the same four colors as the 2016 12" MacBook: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold. Unlike the 12" MacBook, the MacBook Pro will be 13" and 15" like it is currently. The new MacBook Pro will be thinner then its predecessor; however, it will not be wedge-shaped like other MacBooks. In terms of ports, the 2016 MacBook Pro will feature four USB-C ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. All ports that are present on the current MacBook Pro (besides the headphone jack)– MagSafe 2, Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, SDXC, and USB-A– will be removed. This information is based on a chassis leak sent to Cult of Mac.
Another leaked image from the same source shows the keyboard cutout of the MacBook Pro. In the top right corner, what looks like a power button is present. Rumors suggest that Touch ID will be integrated into the power button. Apple is already taking a step in this direction with macOS Sierra's auto-unlock feature, which uses a paired Apple Watch in close proximity to unlock the user's Mac. Many people expected an auto-unlock feature to use an iPhone's Touch ID instead of an Apple Watch– and it's possible that this wasn't introduced because of Touch ID being built right into the 2016 MacBook Pro.
Another thing to note about this image is that the function keys are not present. Instead, there is a long, carved-out panel in which nothing exists. In this space will be an OLED touch bar. Concepts by Martin Hajek suggest what this could be used for: traditional function keys, toolbar commands, and graphics for stock and third-party apps. In terms of the keyboard, we will likely see the 12" MacBook's Butterfly mechanism return on the 2016 MacBook Pro.
The 2016 MacBook Pro will feature Intel's 6th Generation Skylake processor. Not only will a Skylake processor speed up the computer significantly and handle tougher tasks, but it could lengthen battery life as well. In fact, the new MacBook Pro's battery life could be boosted by one hour to be on par with the MacBook Air: 12 hours for the 13" model and 9 hours for the 15" model. It is unsure whether the 15" MacBook Pro will maintain a quad-core processor. The reason for this uncertainty is because the Mac mini lost its quad-core processor options in its October 2014 refresh. In terms of graphics, it's unsure whether the MacBook Pro will adopt AMD or nVidia's new GPUs. As for screen resolution, the new MacBook Pro will likely keep its 2304x1440 Retina display.
The 2016 MacBook Pro will likely remain the same price as the current MacBook Pro: $1,299 for the 13" base option, $1,499 for the 13" middle option, $1,799 for the 13" highest configuration, $1,999 for the 15" base configuration, and $2,499 for the 15" highest-end option.
The 2016 MacBook Pro is said to be released at Apple's September event on September 5th or 6th. Alongside the MacBook Pro, the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and an updated 12.9" iPad Pro will be announced. It is likely that all of these products will be available for pre-order on September 12th and available to buy in stores on the 16th.