Sources say new MacBook Pro coming soon, not at iPhone event
It’s finally time for a new MacBook Pro. Well, almost. First, we have to get through an iPhone 7 event.
Sources to Bloomberg state that some new MacBook Pro models — more sleek and yet more shrill — will be on the way in the near future. Rumored features include a secondary touchscreen strip above the keyboard to replace a row of hardware-based function keys, a Touch ID sensor, an OLED screen and a new Polaris graphics chip from AMD. All of this supposedly with macOS Sierra at launch.
That launch, though, “likely” won’t happen, according to Bloomberg, “at an event currently scheduled for Sept. 7 to introduce next-generation versions of the iPhone, according to one of the people.”
While consumer-targeted iMacs and MacBooks got overhauls within the past few months, Apple has not been releasing professional-grade Mac devices — some current MacBook Pro models date back to 2012. It hopes to float up notebook sales as it fords through a decline in iPad sales, though those sales typically double the number of Macs sold in any given financial period these days. The introduction of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro helped tablet revenues this past quarter, too.
Many inside tech and financial circles have long been wondering when the MacBook’s time would come. The answer isn’t clear just yet, but this new piece of information has some people crossing their fingers.