Oct 19, 2016 07:01 AM EDT
MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date Confirmed For This October [VIDEO]; Is New MacBook Air Coming?
Looks like a good news for MacBook enthusiasts, as a slew of new reports claim that the MacBook Pros and MacBook Air are indeed in the offing.
Apple is gearing up to debut the new MacBook Pros as well as a 13-inch variant of the MacBook Air this month, according to Macotakara.
The Japanese-language site's report coincides with previous Bloomberg reports and with what Rhoda Alexander, Director Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Markit Technology told Forbes about the gadgets last month.
According to Alexander, the production of the 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro and the 13.3-inch MacBook Air began in the second calendar quarter. Macotakara also claims that Apple will get rid of the 11-inch version of the MacBook Air, probably because the 12-inch MacBook has already met the market need.
There's a possibility that the upcoming device will sport USB-C and offer Thunderbolt 3 port support, thus, eradicating the traditional USB-A connector. In addition to this, the MagSafe connector might be scrapped as well. With that said, it would follow the 12-inch MacBook, which has already ousted MagSafe in favor of a USB-C connector for charging.
Previous rumors suggested that Apple will get rid of the function keys and replace them with a Dynamic Function Row. The Cupertino-based tech firm is reportedly planning to ditch the top row of the function keys in favor of a touchscreen OLED strip that would enable matching applications dynamically.
Furthermore, with the introduction of USB-C ports, Apple is expected to come out with a flatter keyboard for the MacBook Pro. Apple has long been rumored to be working on a MacBook Air refresh with reversible USB Type-C ports and Retina display. While the latest reports do not seem to confirm the implementation of Retina display, the end of USB-A port is inevitable.
If rumors proved to be true, Apple will take the wraps off the new Apple products during an Oct. 27 event. That being said, none of this has been officially confirmed by Apple, so readers are advised to take these rumors with a grain of salt.
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