Images of revamped MacBook Pro leak ahead of special event

Images of revamped MacBook Pro leak ahead of special event

On Thursday morning, Tim Cook and other Apple executives will appear on stage and introduce long-awaited changes to Apple's Mac lineup. With Apple understandably focused on iterating the iPhone every single year, Apple's lineup of desktops and notebooks haven't seen a meaningful refresh in quite some time. Thankfully, that is poised to change this week.

Based on rumblings from the rumor mill, the keynote item from Apple's "Hello Again" media event will be a completely retooled MacBook Pro. By all accounts, the new MacBook Pro will be thinner and lighter than previous models. Additionally, the machines should offer improvements in battery life thanks to Intel's more power efficient SkyLake processors.

More intriguing than that, though, are rumors that Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro will features an OLED display on the keyboard in place of the function key row. In turn, the display will be able to dynamically adjust and present appropriate controls based on whatever app happens to be running. For example, the OLED display would have different command keys based on if a user is running Spotify or, say, working on a project in iMovie.

Earlier this week, image assets of Apple's new MacBook Pro were discovered in macOS Sierra. Originally posted by MacRumors, the images confirm that Apple's highly anticipated notebook will in fact feature an OLED display, something Apple will reportedly call a Magic Toolbar.

As evidenced via the photo below, you can tell that the Magic Toolbar shows a unique set of options when a user, in this example, is about to engage in a Touch ID transaction. Incidentally, the new MacBook Pro will have Touch ID integration built right in.

macbook pro magic toolbar

The leaked photo also suggests that the new design will feature the same keyboard design Apple originally implemented with the 12-in. MacBook, which is to say that the keys themselves will be a tad wider but also more shallow than you might be accustomed to.

As far as ports are concerned, the 3.5mm headphone jack isn't going anywhere thankfully. Further, it's believed that the next-gen MacBook Pro will feature four USB-C ports.

Lastly, it's believed that while Apple is planning to release new iMacs soon, updated Apple desktops won't be available for purchase until 2017 at the earliest.

Apple's event on Thursday kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

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