MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date, Specs, News & Update: New Features Revealed; Redesigned Laptop to Have Smart Keyboard

By Laine Lucas , Updated Oct 13, 2016 07:54 PM EDT

Rumors about Apple's October launch event still stand and fans continue to wait for announcements regarding the MacBook Pro 2016, which is believed to be one of the products that will be showcased at the said event. The redesigned laptop is expected to steal the show because of its rumored unique specs and features. For several months now, the new MacBook Pro is said to feature an OLED Touch panel, which will replace the standard function keys found in the previous models.

Apart from the heavily rumored OLED Touch panel, the next iteration of MacBook Pro 2016 will reportedly have another feature that is already in development. The information was shared by Redditor Foxconninsider, whose claims were backed by moderators of the social media platform. According to the source, Foxconn, the company reputed to be Apple's trusted manufacturing partner, introduced prototype devices that will soon be part of the next-generation MacBook Pro at a private event at China's Tsinghua University. The university is considered as the MIT of China.

One of the reported prototypes for MacBook Pro 2016 is a keyboard module, assumed to be the same OLED Touch panel that have been reported several times. The other prototype is the 2018 E Ink Magic Keyboard. It was mentioned that Apple would soon collaborate with a startup called Sonder, which specializes in smart keyboard technology. An example of Sonder's concept can be seen in the video below. As indicated, the Sonder keyboard is expected to be released sometime in 2018.

Given that the rumored smart keyboard will be out by 2018, does this mean that MacBook Pro 2016 will also be released by then? If that would be the case, it would a long waiting game for those who have been patiently waiting for a new MacBook. However, it should be noted that this has not been confirmed. Foxconn Insider also reiterated that the devices in the reports are early units and details are still subject to change. With that said, fans should take the report with a pinch of salt.

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