Its been a long time since Apple released the MacBook Pro with Force Touch pad and upgraded specs. Apple is rumored to announce all new MacBook Pros in October.
The iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 has been the most talked about Apple products in the recent days but now the limelight has shifted to the Mac line-up, which requires updates for quite a while now. Keeping in mind the upcoming holiday shopping season, it has been heard that Apple is preparing to update many of its Mac line up before the next year begins.
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According to Macrumors, the redesigned MacBook Pro will be out in “’as soon as October.” It has been reported that Apple is moving quickly towards the launch of the new MacBook Pro models, and Apple is presently working on the development of the macOS 10.12.1, emphasizing largely on preparing the operating system to support the updated hardware’s brand new features.
It has been revealed by many sources to include Touch ID support and OLED “touch bar” replacing the present row of function keys across the top of keyboard. Apple is thought to be switching to "Polaris" graphics chips from AMD on the higher-end 15-inch models. It is considered that the company is planning to test on one more beta version of the macOS 10.12.1 early next week. In order to finalize the software update by the end of that week, so that it can be loaded onto the new hardware presently being made by Apple’s supply chain partners.
If eleventh hour bugs or other circumstances require adjustment, that could alter the timeline of Apple’s plans. But if it succeeds it seems that the new MacBook Pro models could be ready to ship off to new customers sometime in the later part of October. Apple seems to be pushing off most of the critical bug fixes and security patches beyond macOS 10.12.1 because of its forthcoming deadline. Less crucial fixes will be incorporated into the following macOS 10.12.2 update. Which we understand Apple is aiming to begin seeding to developers around late October with a goal of public release around late November.
Apple is also though of to be launching MacBook Air models with USB-C ports and new iMacs with AMD graphic chips at the end of this year. It is still not clear, whether all three lines will be updated together and will Apple holda a media event to introduce the hardware or choose something more low key such as a press conference, probably accompanied by embargoed media reviews. Apple is also rumored to be working with LG on a new 5k external display to replace the discontinued Apple Thunderbolt display. No timeframe has been reported for the product yet. There is still no word out regarding the Mac Pro and Mac mini, both which need updates.