MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date Confirmed For Oct. 27 [VIDEO]; Mac Mini 2016 In The Offing?By Vinay Patel
Apple's next fall event is just around the corner, and rumor mills are already churning speculation around the next generation of the MacBook Pro, indicating that the device will be unveiled during the upcoming event.
The Cupertino-based tech firm's upcoming fall event is slated to take place on Oct. 27, and if a report from Recode is anything to go by, Apple will announce the next generation of the MacBook Pro during the event. The last time Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro received a radical update was back in 2012. Since then, the device has received a Retina display and a Force Touch trackpad; however, a major update is still pending.
The fall hardware event is expected to unveil a new iMac desktop, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro laptops, together with an all-new standalone 5K monitor, according to Bloomberg. If rumors proved to be true, the new MacBook Pro will sport a slimmer design as compared to the current model. The rumored device will feature a flatter keyboard, coupled with a Dynamic Function Row, or a touchscreen OLED strip, replacing the traditional function keys.
Sales of Mac computers have ideally bucked the trend of declines in the PC market, but surprisingly, even the Mac saw declines in 2016, according to global research firm IDC. In the second quarter, Mac sales saw a drop to 4.4 million from 4.8 million for the same period last year, with many potential consumers likely holding off on buying until the existing lineup is refreshed.
Meanwhile, several sources are hinting that an updated Mac mini could be unveiled during the Oct. 27 event, and it could get one of Intel's much lauded Kaby Lake chipsets. However, since this has not been officially confirmed yet, readers are advised to take these rumors with a grain of salt.
The Mac Mini 2016 is slated to hit the store shelves this year. This rumor stems from the fact that the line has not been updated at all in 2015.
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