Apple’s new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air to come with USB-C ports only: Report

Apple could reportedly bring the flatter keyboard on the 12-inch MacBook to larger MacBook Pro lineup

By: Tech Desk | Updated: October 19, 2016 9:17 am
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Apple has long been rumoured to refresh its Macbook Pro lineup in October. While Apple seems to be busy fulfilling iPhone 7 orders globally right now, the new leaks hint at the launch of company’s next product plan.

According to a new report from Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple is planning to launch refreshed 2016 MacBook Pro lineup sometime in October. The report also suggests the launch of refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air at the same event. Apple is reportedly planning to refresh MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup with new USB Type-C port and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The step seems logical considering the use of USB-C on company’s 12-inch MacBook. First things first, Apple is reportedly ditching the 11-inch MacBook Air to concentrate on development of future 13-inch products. The company is also reported to ditch USB-A ports and company’s MagSafe charging connector.

Earlier rumours hinted at Apple ditching the function keys in favour of a “Dynamic Function Row”. Apple is reportedly planning to replace the top row of the function keys with a touchscreen OLED strip that can be used to match applications dynamically. With the addition of USB-C ports, Apple is also reportedly slimming the MacBook Pro to a flatter keyboard.

Since the launch of original MacBook in 2015, Apple is rumoured to refresh the MacBook Air with Retina display and reversible USB Type-C ports. While Macotakara’s report doesn’t confirm the use of Retina display, the end of USB-A port is certain here. The rumours indicate October 27 launch for new Apple products but the company is yet to confirm any event around that time.

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