Apple to Revamp its MacBook Line of Products for 2017 Release; Apple Pencil & LTE Prime Focus?

By Ritwik Roy , Updated Oct 15, 2016 07:27 AM EDT

The all new 2017 MacBook could be an ultra-thin laptop with LTE and Apple Pencil support. Apple fans are excited about the fact that the laptop is expected to boast some incredible specs and features. It's been eight years since Apple introduced the MacBook Air and as per certain leaks, Apple is supposedly upgrading its line of ultra-portable devices.

Rumors suggest that the 2017 MacBook will be very different from the original MacBook and MacBook 2016 in terms of color and design options. The 2016 MacBook Pro is probably adding a Rose Gold color option over and above the already existing Space Grey, Silver and Gold options of the MacBook 2015.

As already pointed out by some tech enthusiasts, the 2017 MacBook will be thinner and lighter with expected dimensions of 0.9kg and 13.1mm. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo, a top Apple analyst, had also pointed out earlier that Apple is planning to introduce a 13-inch MacBook alongside the 12-inch model.

Kuo has always provided accurate information for Apple products and fans are hence super-excited about the MacBook 2017. Apple has reportedly applied for a patent that will allow the Cupertino-based tech giant to embed LTE hardware in computing devices. This could be for the 2017 MacBook. Kuo has also revealed Apple's plans of releasing three new iPads in 2017, reports 9 to 5 Mac.

If these reports are to be believed, this technology will pave way for the first Mac with cellular connectivity. There are also rumors that Apple is currently working with Foxconn to apply E Ink technology to its customizable keyboard in the 2017 MacBook.

The Apple Pencil may also be made compatible with the 2017 MacBook. The Apple Pencil can be used as a joystick for gaming or as an Air Mouse. It contains sensors to detect depth, orientation and movement. The tool can also be used to draw directly on the track pad with the precision of the Apple iPad Pro, reports Macworld.

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