A Bloomberg News report claims that the new MacBook Pro models will have a smaller footprint than their current counterparts, while often-reliable tech industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the new models will offer a dramatic overhaul of the current design, starting off with a thinner and lighter build.
At the end of May, Cult of Mac obtained images that purportedly showed the new MacBook’s chassis. Notice that there are no function keys at the top of the keyboard? That’s apparently because they will be replaced by a long, narrow OLED touchpad.
This colour touchpad would allow the user to customise the function keys, as well as display helpful information, like the current song you’re playing on Spotify, or the temperature outside; it may also provide functions traditionally provided by keyboard shortcuts, such as cut and paste controls if you’re currently using a word processor. If it’s really happening, this touch panel could well end up being the big USP that Apple uses to push its new laptops.
The spy shots also show the side of the chassis, suggesting there’ll be four USB-C ports (two on each side). That’ll be much easier to live with than the single USB-C port on the recently-released MacBook. The only other connection on the device appears to be a headphone jack.
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