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Updated: MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/laptops/Apple/MacBook%20Pro%2013-inch%20with%20Retina%202015/hero-470-75.JPG" alt="Updated: MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors"/><h3>MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors</h3><p><strong>Update:</strong> <em>Not only has Apple filed a patent for touchscreen notebook keyboards, but there's evidence suggesting the next MacBook Pros will support Siri as well, by way of</em> <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/os-x-10-12-release-date-news-and-rumors-1319405">OS X 10.12</a>.</p><p>Apple's MacBook Pro range hasn't been updated for some time: the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/macbook-pro-13-inch-with-retina-display-early-2015-1290626/review">13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina</a> was refreshed in March 2015 and the 15-inch in May. New MacBook Pros are clearly imminent.</p><p>The biggest change is likely to be in the Pros' processors, and while there are rumours of detachable touchscreens we'd take them with a hefty pinch of salt.</p><p>Let's sift through the river of rumors to find nuggets of knowledge: what can we really expect from the 2016 <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/macbook-pro">MacBook Pro</a> refresh?</p><ul><li>Also check out our <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/macbook-air-2016-news-release-date-and-rumours-1318167">MacBook Air 2016 release date, news and rumors</a> article.</li></ul><p><img src="http://cdn1.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/laptops/Apple/MacBook%20Pro%2013-inch%20with%20Retina%202015/keyboard-420-100.JPG" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><h3>Cut to the chase</h3><ul><li><strong>What is it?</strong> The next generation of Apple's professional notebook</li><li><strong>When is it out?</strong> WWDC in June is most likely, but Apple may launch early</li><li><strong>What will it cost?</strong> Likely £899 (around $1,264/AUS$1,670) upwards</li></ul><h3>MacBook Pro 2016 release date</h3><p>We'd expect to see the new MacBook Pro 2016 at Apple's annual developer event, WWDC, this June. </p><p>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.</p><p>According to one report by DigiTimes, Apple is gearing up to release <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/new-slim-macbooks-to-feature-surface-pro-inspired-hinge-1319213">new 13- and 15-inch MacBooks</a> 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.</p><p>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 <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/12-inch-retina-macbook-2016-release-date-news-and-rumors-1317394">refreshed 12-inch MacBooks</a>, so it sounds like the upcoming twin-ported machines could be new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016 price</h3><p>The current MacBook Pro range starts at £899 ($1,099) for the 13-inch non-Retina model, rising to £999 ($1,119) for the entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and topping out at £1,999 ($2,099) for the 2.5GHz 15-inch Retina.</p><p><img src="http://cdn0.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/laptops/Apple/MacBook%20Pro%2013-inch%20Retina%202014/hands%20on/front-on-420-100.JPG" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>The <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/13-inch-apple-macbook-pro-1041142/review">13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro</a>, tucked away apologetically at the foot of Apple's product page, surely can't be long for this world; come the updates we'd expect it to vanish in favour of a Retina 13-inch model instead.</p><p>Apple tends to keep its pricing similar between generations, so an £899 entry-level Pro with Retina display is likely to be the baby of the range.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: what's so special about Skylake?</h3><p>The MacBook Pro is trailing PC rivals in the processor stakes: Dell and Microsoft have already moved to the sixth-generation Intel processors, but Apple is still on Broadwell and Haswell chips. </p><p>The move to Skylake processors should be more significant than the move to Broadwell, as the latter was more about battery life and energy efficiency than performance. Moving the MacBook Pro to Skylake should deliver massive speed improvements across the range as well as better battery life. </p><p><img src="http://cdn4.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/TRBC/thunderbolt-3-420-100.jpg" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>Skylake has some other tricks up its silicon sleeve including support for WiGig and WiDi short-range, high speed data transfer as well as wireless charging. Don't expect those features to be enabled in this year's notebooks, but they're likely to turn up in future iterations.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: fitter, happier, more productive</h3><p>Faster is a given, better battery is almost certain. What about design changes? The current MacBook Pro is fairly porky compared to Apple's other notebooks, especially the minimalist USB-C MacBook. </p><p>That's partly because it's an older design and partly because the current MacBook Pro boasts lots of ports: twin Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3, an HDMI socket and an SDXC card slot.</p><p>Apple isn't sentimental about removing supposedly must-have features it deems redundant - the MacBook Pro lost its SuperDrive years ago - so could those ports be for the bullet too in favour of one or two USB-C ports?</p><p><img src="http://cdn4.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/pc_peripherals/Hyper/hyper-5-in-1-usb-c-hub-420-100.JPG" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>It's certainly possible, especially since Intel has combined USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to deliver USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, PCI Express and power in a single connection.</p><p>If the 2016 MacBook Pro doesn't have at least one USB-C port we'll eat an iPad - although it'll be interesting to see how much Apple prizes thinness over existing connectivity.</p><p>USB-C has the bandwidth for daisy-chaining even the most demanding devices, and of course Apple is always happy to sell reassuringly expensive adapters when it bins a previously popular port.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: Touch ID and next-gen SSDs?</h3><p>The Pros are all about performance, so will they get next-generation SSDs? It's a nice thought, but while Intel's <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/next-year-s-macbooks-could-get-blazingly-fast-optane-ssds-1316746">blazingly quick Optane SSDs</a> are destined for Macs, they aren't likely to appear in any this side of 2017.</p><p><img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com//art/mobile_phones/iPhone/FingerScanner/tap-420-100.jpg" alt="CallID" width="420"></img></p><p>Another persistent rumour is TouchID fingerprint recognition, but that particular pundit also predicted TouchID in the recent Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad updates, which of course didn't happen. </p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: Detachable keyboard and screen?</h3><p>One of the most interesting MacBook Pro rumours is that it's getting a touchscreen, and perhaps a detachable keyboard, too. We think that's spectacularly unlikely, for several reasons. </p><p>Those reasons are: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/ipad-pro-1269255/review">iPad Pro</a>, iPad Pro, iPad Pro, iPad Pro and iPad Pro. Apple already has a device with a touchscreen and detachable keyboard, and it isn't a MacBook.</p><p>There's another reason for our cynicism, and that's OS X. <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/software/operating-systems/os-x-10-11-el-capitan-1305904/review">OS X 10.11 El Capitan's</a> interface isn't optimised for touch because Apple already has a touch-optimised operating system, iOS.</p><p>Of course Apple has a track record of saying it won't do something and then doing it a few years later, but with two sizes of iPad Pro offering touchscreens, optional keyboards and <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/apple-pencil-everything-business-users-need-to-know-1304017">Apple Pencil</a> there's no obvious need for a touchable MacBook Pro, too.</p><p>More likely to come true is the theory that Apple will implement touchscreen keyboards in its next MacBook Pro. A <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/laptops/why-a-macbook-with-a-touchscreen-keyboard-isn-t-the-worst-idea-ever-1318689">recent Apple patent</a> suggests an iPad-like interface isn't out of the question to replace the physical keyboards we've all come to know and love from Cupertino's OS X devices. </p><p>While this may cause a stir with laptop enthusiasts, it could help Apple draw from the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/gloomy-outlook-for-tablets-but-windows-2-in-1-devices-will-make-it-big-1316537">ever-flourishing 2-in-1 market</a>.</p><p><strong>Gabe Carey contributed to this article</strong></p><ul><li>Now, what about the inevitable <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/laptops/surface-book-2-release-date-news-and-rumors-1319644">Surface Book 2</a>?</li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/SkPq-p-8OV8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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(05-23-2016, 09:46 PM)katos Wrote: Updated: MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/laptops/Apple/MacBook%20Pro%2013-inch%20with%20Retina%202015/hero-470-75.JPG" alt="Updated: MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors"/><h3>MacBook Pro 2016 release date, news and rumors</h3><p><strong>Update:</strong> <em>Not only has Apple filed a patent for touchscreen notebook keyboards, but there's evidence suggesting the next MacBook Pros will support Siri as well, by way of</em> <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/os-x-10-12-release-date-news-and-rumors-1319405">OS X 10.12</a>.</p><p>Apple's MacBook Pro range hasn't been updated for some time: the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/macbook-pro-13-inch-with-retina-display-early-2015-1290626/review">13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina</a> was refreshed in March 2015 and the 15-inch in May. New MacBook Pros are clearly imminent.</p><p>The biggest change is likely to be in the Pros' processors, and while there are rumours of detachable touchscreens we'd take them with a hefty pinch of salt.</p><p>Let's sift through the river of rumors to find nuggets of knowledge: what can we really expect from the 2016 <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/macbook-pro">MacBook Pro</a> refresh?</p><ul><li>Also check out our <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/macbook-air-2016-news-release-date-and-rumours-1318167">MacBook Air 2016 release date, news and rumors</a> article.</li></ul><p><img src="http://cdn1.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/laptops/Apple/MacBook%20Pro%2013-inch%20with%20Retina%202015/keyboard-420-100.JPG" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><h3>Cut to the chase</h3><ul><li><strong>What is it?</strong> The next generation of Apple's professional notebook</li><li><strong>When is it out?</strong> WWDC in June is most likely, but Apple may launch early</li><li><strong>What will it cost?</strong> Likely £899 (around $1,264/AUS$1,670) upwards</li></ul><h3>MacBook Pro 2016 release date</h3><p>We'd expect to see the new MacBook Pro 2016 at Apple's annual developer  event, WWDC, this June. </p><p>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.</p><p>According to one report by DigiTimes, Apple is gearing up to release <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/new-slim-macbooks-to-feature-surface-pro-inspired-hinge-1319213">new 13- and 15-inch MacBooks</a> 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.</p><p>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 <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/12-inch-retina-macbook-2016-release-date-news-and-rumors-1317394">refreshed 12-inch MacBooks</a>, so it sounds like the upcoming twin-ported machines could be new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016 price</h3><p>The current MacBook Pro range starts at £899 ($1,099) for the 13-inch non-Retina  model, rising to £999 ($1,119) for the entry-level 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and  topping out at £1,999 ($2,099) for the 2.5GHz 15-inch Retina.</p><p><img src="http://cdn0.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/laptops/Apple/MacBook%20Pro%2013-inch%20Retina%202014/hands%20on/front-on-420-100.JPG" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>The <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/13-inch-apple-macbook-pro-1041142/review">13-inch non-Retina  MacBook Pro</a>, tucked away apologetically at the foot of Apple's product  page, surely can't be long for this world; come the updates we'd expect  it to vanish in favour of a Retina 13-inch model instead.</p><p>Apple tends to keep  its pricing similar between generations, so an £899 entry-level Pro with  Retina display is likely to be the baby of the range.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: what's so special about Skylake?</h3><p>The MacBook Pro is trailing PC rivals in the processor stakes: Dell and  Microsoft have already moved to the sixth-generation Intel processors,  but Apple is still on Broadwell and Haswell chips. </p><p>The move to Skylake processors should be more significant than the move  to Broadwell, as the latter was more about battery life and energy  efficiency than performance. Moving the MacBook Pro to Skylake should  deliver massive speed improvements across the range as well as better  battery life. </p><p><img src="http://cdn4.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/TRBC/thunderbolt-3-420-100.jpg" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>Skylake has some other tricks up its silicon sleeve including support  for WiGig and WiDi short-range, high speed data transfer as well as  wireless charging. Don't expect those features to be enabled in this  year's notebooks, but they're likely to turn up in future iterations.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: fitter, happier, more productive</h3><p>Faster is a given, better battery is almost certain. What about design  changes? The current MacBook Pro is fairly porky compared to Apple's  other notebooks, especially the minimalist USB-C MacBook. </p><p>That's partly  because it's an older design and partly because the current MacBook Pro  boasts lots of ports: twin Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3, an HDMI socket and  an SDXC card slot.</p><p>Apple isn't sentimental about removing supposedly  must-have features it deems redundant - the MacBook Pro lost its  SuperDrive years ago - so could those ports be for the bullet too in  favour of one or two USB-C ports?</p><p><img src="http://cdn4.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/pc_peripherals/Hyper/hyper-5-in-1-usb-c-hub-420-100.JPG" alt="MacBook Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>It's certainly possible, especially since Intel has combined USB-C and  Thunderbolt 3 to deliver USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, PCI Express and  power in a single connection.</p><p>If the 2016 MacBook Pro doesn't have at  least one USB-C port we'll eat an iPad - although it'll be interesting  to see how much Apple prizes thinness over existing connectivity.</p><p>USB-C  has the bandwidth for daisy-chaining even the most demanding devices,  and of course Apple is always happy to sell reassuringly expensive  adapters when it bins a previously popular port.</p><h3>MacBook Pro 2016: Touch ID and next-gen SSDs?</h3><p>The Pros are all about performance, so will they get next-generation  SSDs? It's a nice thought, but while Intel's <a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/next-year-s-macbooks-could-get-blazingly-fast-optane-ssds-1316746">blazingly quick Optane SSDs</a>  are destined for Macs,  they aren't likely to appear in any this side of 2017.</p><p><img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com//art/mobile_phones/iPhone/FingerScanner/tap-420-100.jpg" alt="CallID" width="420"></img></p><p>Another persistent rumour is TouchID fingerprint recognition, but that  particular pundit also predicted TouchID in the recent Magic Mouse and  Magic Trackpad updates, which of course didn't happen. </p><h3>MacBook  Pro  2016: Detachable keyboard and screen?</h3><p>One of the most interesting MacBook Pro rumours is that it's getting a touchscreen, and perhaps a detachable keyboard, too. We think that's spectacularly unlikely, for several reasons. </p><p>Those reasons are: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/ipad-pro-1269255/review">iPad Pro</a>, iPad Pro, iPad Pro, iPad Pro and iPad Pro. Apple already has a device with a touchscreen and detachable keyboard, and it isn't a MacBook.</p><p>There's another reason for our cynicism, and that's OS X. <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/software/operating-systems/os-x-10-11-el-capitan-1305904/review">OS X 10.11 El Capitan's</a> interface isn't optimised for touch because Apple already has a touch-optimised operating system, iOS.</p><p>Of course Apple has a track record of saying it won't do something and then doing it a few years later, but with two sizes of iPad Pro offering touchscreens, optional keyboards and <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/apple-pencil-everything-business-users-need-to-know-1304017">Apple Pencil</a> there's no obvious need for a touchable MacBook Pro, too.</p><p>More likely to come true is the theory that Apple will implement touchscreen keyboards in its next MacBook Pro. A <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/laptops/why-a-macbook-with-a-touchscreen-keyboard-isn-t-the-worst-idea-ever-1318689">recent Apple patent</a> suggests an iPad-like interface isn't out of the question to replace the physical keyboards we've all come to know and love from Cupertino's OS X devices. </p><p>While this may cause a stir with laptop enthusiasts, it could help Apple draw from the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/gloomy-outlook-for-tablets-but-windows-2-in-1-devices-will-make-it-big-1316537">ever-flourishing 2-in-1 market</a>.</p><p><strong>Gabe Carey contributed to this article</strong></p><ul><li>Now, what about the inevitable <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/laptops/surface-book-2-release-date-news-and-rumors-1319644">Surface Book 2</a>?</li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/SkPq-p-8OV8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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I'm anxious to see what they got in store for us as I'm using an old model of Macbook Prro (I forgot which year), but whats Siri?



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