MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date News: What to Expect at Apple’s October 27 Event; iMac, MacBook Pro, 5K display and more

By Kanika Gupta Oct 19, 2016 10:28 AM EDT
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According to recent reports, Apple is all set for its October 27 event and already has some very exciting announcements for the eager Apple fans up its sleeve. The publication noted that MacBook Air will see a ramp up but will not steal the thunder this year. The tech giant will axe its 11-inch variant to make way for slightly bigger, 12-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. While the design will remain pretty much the same, the updated device will come equipped with USB Type C support.

Meanwhile, there is also speculation that iMac will not receive a major overhaul either. The only big change that the company plans to make is in improving its graphic performance. The design and other specs will remain pretty much the same, but the tech enthusiasts can expect to see some changes under the hood, with addition of USB Type C support.

Apple is also likely to launch its much talked about 5K display as they are discontinuing their Thunderbolt Display that has fallen into disrepute for being outdated and expensive. The new display may feature built-in GPU with a powerful resolution of 5120 x 2880. For now, the pricing is unclear, but it is expected to be launched at the same $1000 price point. Since 5K display release date has changed several times in the past, it is possible that Apple delays it in this event too.

Needless to say, the star of the show will be MacBook Pro which has not seen a major change in the last 4 years. If rumors are any indication, the company certainly has big plans for its upcoming range of fresh MacBook Pros.

For starters, the new MacBook Pro design will be much thinner and lighter than its predecessors. While the trackpad will be bigger, the overall frame of the laptop is expected to be smaller. The new MacBook Pro will feature USB Type C connectivity and the much rumored OLED touch screen panel that will substitute the standard function keys. The tech giant is already, reportedly, in talks with third party app developers to ensure that the apps are raised to the level of new touch bar.

There is also a possibility of a TouchID that will allow the Apple Pay feature on Macs as well. The upcoming lineup will be much faster, under the hood, powered by SkyLake processor.

From the looks of it, MacBook Pro will obviously be the highlight of October 27 event and will undergo a massive overhaul. However, Apple has not sent out event invites yet, hence the Apple Event stands unconfirmed until then.

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