Apple’s popular MacBook Pro range is due for an update soon. With the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 launches out of the way, the company is reportedly gearing up to ship the new laptops "some time in the second half of October,” and is currently hard at work on macOS 10.12.1 to finalize support for the rumored Touch ID sensor and OLED bar.
According to reports, Apple plans to introduce completely revamped 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros with a thinner and lighter form factor. The new models might ship with Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processors, if the companies' release schedules line up, and are expected to feature multiple USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support.
Apple is said to be introducing its fingerprint scanning Touch ID feature to its new family of MacBook Pros, integrating it into the power button. Just like on the iPhone, the fingerprint reader would remove the need to type in a password and allow users to authenticate Apple Pay purchases, a feature that just expanded to the web with macOS Sierra and iOS 10.
The new laptops are also expected to see the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard replaced with a new OLED display touch bar, which will present different function keys to users depending on the applications they're using.
In addition to redesigned MacBook Pro models, Apple may also introduce updated MacBook Air models and new iMacs with AMD graphics chips before the end of the year.