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MacBook Pro Lineup Set For 'Most Significant Overhaul in Over 4 Years'

Apple is about to unveil the most significant overhaul of its MacBook Pro lineup in over four years, according to people familiar with the matter (via Bloomberg).

Today's claim appears in the second report from the news outlet this week professing insider information on Apple's upcoming product plans.

Consistent with previous rumors, the article says the updated notebooks are thinner and will include a touchscreen strip along the top of the keyboard, which is expected to present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task or application, as well as integrate Touch ID to enable users to quickly log in using their fingerprint.
The new top-of-the-line MacBook Pros will be slightly thinner than the current models but are not tapered like the MacBook Air and latest 12-inch MacBook, one of the people said. The new MacBook Pros have a smaller footprint than current models and the casing has shallower curves around the edges. The pressure-sensitive trackpad is also slightly wider, the person added.
More significantly perhaps, the anonymous source claims the new MacBook Pros will feature more powerful and efficient graphics processors for "expert users such as video gamers".
An option for a version featuring a higher-performance graphics chip from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will be available, another person familiar with the matter said. It’s unclear which provider Apple will use for the main processor, but Intel Corp. has supplied this in the past.

Apple is using one of AMD's "Polaris" graphics chips because the design offers the power efficiency and thinness necessary to fit inside the slimmer Apple notebook, the person said. The new graphics card is more than 20 percent thinner than its predecessor, AMD said earlier this year. AMD declined to comment, referring inquiries to Apple.
As reported previously, the switch to the new Polaris 11 architecture is expected to be a significant performance upgrade over the previous 28nm chips, with AMD promising "console-class GPU performance for thin and light notebooks" and "extraordinary VR experiences" from the new low-power mobile architecture.

The new design will also include USB-C connectivity that can handle charging, data transfers, and display outputs, according to the source, corroborating earlier rumors. Apple is also reportedly considering whether to offer the notebooks in gray, gold, and silver, although it's unclear if colored MacBook Pros will be available on initial release.

The new computers have been in advanced testing since earlier this year, according to the source, although they aren't likely to debut at an event "currently scheduled for September 7 to introduce next-generation versions of the iPhone".

With Monday, September 5 being Labor Day, previous predictions tagged September 6 as the day of Apple's iPhone 7 event, but Wednesday still roughly lines up with Apple's usual pattern for iPhone releases. Last year, Apple announced the iPhone on September 9, started pre-orders on September 12 and released it on September 25. The company may opt to unveil refreshes for the Mac at a separate event later in the fall, perhaps in October.

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36 months ago
Gonna be an expensive end to the year. iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and a new MacBook Pro.
Rating: 54 Votes
36 months ago
Didn't Apple JUST tell us we don't need computers? :confused:
Rating: 51 Votes
36 months ago
Why is this the title?! It's the only overhaul in 4 years!
Rating: 51 Votes
36 months ago

Make it touchscreen and I'll switch from windows 10

What's with all the boners for touchscreen. It's so stupid on a laptop, especially a Mac where the trackpad is so freakin good already. But if you like getting smudges on your screen, go right ahead.
Rating: 37 Votes
36 months ago
The USB-C is what worries me about this otherwise great MacBook Pro update. If it only has USB-C, no less than five standards (MagSafe, USB-A, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 2, SD card slot) are being dropped all at once. Many people (myself included) who use these Macs aren't ready for that yet.
Rating: 33 Votes
36 months ago
Well, the bar was really low the last 4 years, so that won't come as a surprise. Anything other than processor, GPU, RAM, disk size and battery upgrade, which, you know, has happened regularly the last 30 years, and the article will be correct.

Maybe we should all start writing for Bloomberg!
Rating: 27 Votes
36 months ago

This I don't agree with. The 2012 non-Retina is now behind in many areas, and you're still stuck at a 16 GB limit which the 15" rMBP comes standard with (and is available BTO on the 13").

It is better;

* DVD drive can be removed giving you an additional bay to insert a secondary drive (2tb max storage per drive)
* Battery can be removed and replaced with ease
* screen came with a matte finish option that didn't act as a mirror like the new glossy ones
* GPU and CPU are not all that far behind in performance even after 4 years (check geekbench)
* the parts inside aren't as disposable as the new one, you can remove/replace many of the components if need be
* And most importantly, the RAM modules can be upgraded, Crucial makes single 16gb dimms, so you can get up to 32gb of RAM whereas the current MacBooks are maxed out at 16gb thanks to the soldered RAM.

But that's Apple's whole philosophy now with their products; make something that is GREAT and is perfectly reliable and easy to use far more than the competition but then give it a major drawback but sell it at 3X the price. It just so happens that the drawback these days is the fact that it's disposable seeing how you can't upgrade / swap any of the internal components.

Apple's essentially spitting in the face of all of it's consumers but nobody seems to mind.
Rating: 24 Votes
36 months ago
"console-class GPU performance for thin and light notebooks"

Hopefully we're not talking about the class of GPU performance that currently resides in consoles launched in 2013. Just sayin'
Rating: 23 Votes
36 months ago
About damn time.
Rating: 18 Votes
36 months ago
If the RAM is still soldered and the battery glued and non-removable, it's still a failure and the best MacBook is still the 2012 non-retina model.
Rating: 18 Votes

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