Wild MacBook Pro 2017 Rumors Tip No Touchbar And No Physical Keys

Posted: May 2 2017, 5:40am CDT | by , Updated: May 2 2017, 5:42am CDT, in Rumors | Apple

New MacBook Pro Lacking a Touch Bar Rumored

Rumor says next MacBook Pro might not have physical keys

A wild new MacBook Pro rumor is making the rounds that suggest the next iteration of the Apple notebook will make a massive change from notebook tradition. According to this rumor the next MacBook Pro will completely ditch physical keys for the keyboard. The rumor claims that to fit a larger trackpad onto the next MacBook Pro Apple might have to remove the physical keyboard.

The rumor doesn't suggest exactly what might replace the physical keys. There have been attempts over the years to design keyboards that lack physical keys. Some have used a laser projected keyboard shape on flat surfaces. Others have simply used a trackpad-like surface that has keys printed and backlit on its surface.

No matter what style of keys were used to replace the physical keys on a keyboard, they all tend to suffer from the same issue- lack of tactile feel and difficulty typing. Think for a second how hard it would be for a touch typist to type on keys they can't actually touch or feel. There is a big reason this sort of keyboard has never caught on. I for one simply don't see Apple doing this unless they have made some sort of breakthrough that will surprise us all.

Other MacBook Pro 2017 rumors continue to suggest that the machine will get Intel Kaby Lake processors under the hood and more available RAM. Apple is also expected to bring support for the Apple Pencil Stylus to the new machine and to cram inside a larger battery. A gold color version is also expected. While some of the 2017 MacBooks are expected to get the OLED touch bar above the keyboard, there have been rumors suggesting a version lacking the Touch Bar. According to this rumor, the Touch Bar might be missing from the next high-end MacBook Pro aimed at professionals reports AppleInsider.

The reason for this removal of the Touch Bar is said to be the terrible response by professional users to the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar update. These pro users seemed to have little interest in that Touch Bar and in part of its efforts to appeal again to professionals, Apple is said to be building a high-end notebook lacking that feature.

Other new features rumored to be integrated into the next MacBook Pro aimed at pros will by synergistic features between macOS and iOS. The coolest thing that Apple might do in that respect is allow the iPad Pro to be used in a manner similar to the Wacom Cintiq. If you are unfamiliar, the Cintiq is a tablet-like device that allows professionals to write or draw on it and have that content show up on the computer screen.

I could certainly see a feature like that being very appealing to pro users, much more so than the Touch Bar. If the iPad Pro could be used like a Cintiq or a second monitor, the take rate for the iPad in conjunction with the MacBook would certainly improve. Rumors still suggest that no MacBooks will be unveiled at the WWDC in June.

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