MacBook Pro 2016 release date, specs rumors update: Thinner and lighter design might arrive late this year

It has been more than a year since Apple MacBook Pro had its enhancement. Now, a report is circulating that the tech giant might soon release an overhauled version of its high-end MacBook line.

Citing known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, 9to5Mac revealed that Apple is working on its 2016 MacBook Pro to be introduced in the last quarter of this year.

The 13-inch and 15-inch versions of 2015 MacBook Pro. | Apple/MacBook Pro

The major design improvement for the model is that it will feature a thinner and lighter design with aspects patterned after the 12-inch MacBook released on March 2015.

The new MacBook Pro will reportedly have Touch ID support and an OLED display touch bar above its keyboard.

It will be noted that a report was released a few weeks ago claiming that Apple is working on a way to unlock a MacBook through the Touch ID feature of an iPhone.

Rumors also spread that Apple is looking forward to introduce new MacBooks in 13-inch and 15-inch versions this July or right after the Worldwide Developers Conference 2016.

But with Kuo's report, it seems that the new MacBook Pro will instead be introduced at the WWDC.

The analyst also noted that the update on the MacBook Pro line is expected to be the "brightest spot for Apple's 2016 rollouts" and will arrive in 13-inch and 15-inch versions.

The addition of an OLED display touch bar will serve as the laptop's new physical function keys located on top of the keyboard.

MacBook Pro's update will be accompanied by USB Type C and Thunderbolt 3 support and will feature new metal injection molded hinges.

It will be remembered that the latest model of the MacBook Pro had Intel Broadwell processors, Iris 6100 graphics, a Force Touch trackpad and better flash storage and battery capacity for its 13-inch model.

In its much larger 15-inch version, it featured a support for dual-cable output to 5120x2880 displays through its AMD Radeon R9 graphics card.

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