At long last, Apple has plans to refresh its beleaguered Mac lineup. Late yesterday afternoon, Apple sent invitations to select media outlets for a special Mac-oriented event that will take place next Thursday at 10 a.m. PT at 1 Infinite Loop.
The upcoming event will focus largely on refreshed Macs and will likely be anchored by a completely revamped MacBook Pro. According to various rumblings from the rumor mill, Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro will not only have upgraded internals, but it will feature an OLED touch panel located at the top of the keyboard in place of where the function row resides.
One of the more intriguing benefits of an OLED touch panel built directly into the keyboard is that the keys themselves would presumably be able to adjust in real time to correspond to the demands of the user or a specific application. For example, if you have Netflix running, the OLED touch panel would display Netflix-centric commands to provide a more efficient and intuitive user experience.
Other rumors surrounding the upcoming MacBook Pro suggest that it will have TouchID built in, along with the same shallow keyboard design Apple first introduced with the MacBook.
As for other Mac announcements on the agenda, Apple will likely showcase a revamped 13-inch MacBook Air and, if we're lucky, perhaps revamped Mac Pros, Mac minis and iMacs.