New MacBook Pro images showing OLED Magic Toolbar leaked ahead of Apple event

By Jos ยท 11 replies
Oct 26, 2016
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  1. It seems Apple can no longer keep a secret, with leaks and rumors of new product launches and details of upcoming products being right on the money again and again as of late. What's more, this latest leak comes directly from Apple.

    Yesterday, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 was released and it took no time for people to notice Apple Pay images showing the new MacBook Pro and its OLED touch panel that is set to replace the function key row (supposedly to be called the 'Magic Toolbar'). There are a few other details shown, like Touch ID clearly being supported, a new hinge that could point to a redesigned thinner profile, and no Escape key on the top left corner of what appears to be the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

    With a Microsoft Surface event scheduled for today (a day before Apple's) one has to wonder if the leak was not made on purpose to steal some more of Microsoft's thunder.

    The original story about Thursday Oct 27 event and what to expect follows below...

    Apple has sent out invitations to members of the press for an event at its Cupertino headquarters on October 27. As usual, the invitation is light on details, though the company is widely expected to refresh its Mac lineup. The tagline on the invite is "hello again," likely in reference to the original Macintosh unveiling in 1984.

    An update to the MacBook Pro line is pretty much a given — the Retina MacBook Pro hasn’t seen an update in over a year. Rumors point to a set of touch-sensitive OLED keys on the MacBook Pro to replace the function row along the top of the keyboard, possibly dubbed “Control Strip”, allowing those keys to change based on the application you’re using.

    Many expect the addition of Touch ID for secure user logins, as well as authenticating transactions through the company’s Apple Pay service in apps and Safari. And there are also reports that Apple will move to USB-C exclusively, dropping classic USB and its own MagSafe power connector in favor of the all-in-one port it uses on the smaller 12-inch MacBook — hopefully they’ll squeeze more than one USB Type-C port this time around, though.

    On the MacBook Air side, there are rumors that the company might kill off 11-inch version of its popular laptop and update the 13-inch model with fresher specs and USB-C.

    There hasn’t been much action on the desktop side for Apple either so we’ll see if the company has any plans on that front. The company has been rumored to be working on a 5K display with its own GPU to replace the discontinued Thunderbolt Display.

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  2. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Maniac Posts: 198   +163

    Surprise! no ports
  3. JackTheBlack

    JackTheBlack TS Rookie

    Surprise! No Kaby Lake.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Surprise! No interest.
  5. JackTheBlack

    JackTheBlack TS Rookie

    Surprise! No interest. :-D
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Didn't I just say that? Oh well, it doesn't matter, I suppose someone could be interested, but definitely not me.
  7. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    Looks like they are releasing the same hardware but in new colors /s.
  8. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 388   +661

    I didn't receive my invite. But then I shrunk my letterbox down to 1mm thickness and told the postman if he wants to put any mail through that's 1.1mm or thicker, then he'll have to buy an $80 letterbox expander dongle. He initially laughed in my face, but as soon as I painted a picture of a piece of fruit on my front door, he fell over himself to offer $500...
    Capaill likes this.
  9. Wendy Oltman

    Wendy Oltman TS Booster Posts: 129   +16

    I know what you did there (y)
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I need usb3 more than I need Touch ID on my magic toolbar which is why I got my work macbook 3 months ago instead of waiting for this. As a consumer item to go with an iPad or an iPhone it will be fine (as long as you don't want to connect anything else to it) but its not for me.
  11. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    I don't get why they want to put a screen below the screen?
  12. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 139   +33

    Nintendo kinda did that with the Wii U. It failed miserably.

    I hope Apple will still have some MacBooks that run on El Capitan for the near future. In a corporate environment, some pieces of enterprise software (looking at you, Symantec) still don't have a version that's compatible with Sierra.

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