Rumors: Macbook Pro 2016

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Apple is apparently enlisting the services of Amphenol, which makes hinges for Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices, to manufacture hinges for its rumored super-slim MacBooks.

Apple’s MacBook Pro range hasn’t been updated for some time: the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina was refreshed in March 2015 and the 15-inch in May. New MacBook Pros are clearly imminent.

The biggest change is likely to be in the Pros’ processors, and while there are rumors of detachable touch screens I am not too sure about that one.

MacBook Pro 2016 release date

We’d expect to see the new MacBook Pro 2016 at Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, this June.

It’s possible that Apple might choose to unveil the Pros earlier, but with a new MacBook and possibly MacBook Airs to show off this spring/summer too it makes sense to keep the Pros for the pro event.

According to one report by DigiTimes, Apple is gearing up to release new 13- and 15-inch MacBooks in the second half of 2016. It reckons they will feature hinges produced using a mechanism called ‘metal injection moulding’. Said to be inspired by Microsoft’s Surface Pro line of devices, the hinges will apparently be manufactured by Ampenol, who makes hinges for Microsoft’s convertible tablet.

That report says that the new slim MacBooks will feature a pair of USB-C ports, one on each side, and will be offered in colors including Rose and Rose Gold. Apple has already unveiled its refreshed 12-inch MacBooks, so it sounds like the upcoming twin-ported machines could be new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models.

In Summation

What is it?
The next generation of Apple’s professional notebook.

When is it out?
WWDC in June is most likely, but Apple may launch early.

What will it cost?
Likely $1,260 and upwards.

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