MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date, News & Update: 15-inch models refreshed with Polaris GPU Chips

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Sep 30, 2016 02:55 PM EDT

The MacBook Pro 2016 is expected to come out somewhere near the end of October with rumored features and specs likely to come out aggressively in the coming weeks. Among the things that Apple customers are interested to know are the processor and the graphics processing chips it may carry.

As mentioned in a previous post, the MacBook Pro 2016 is likely to come out with a Kaby Lake processor, assuming that Intel was able to deliver the chips in time during Apple’s production process.

In the worst case scenario, the MacBook Pro 2016 could come with a Skylake processor but backed with a more powerful GPU. While there is no confirmation on which hardware specs the MacBook Pro 2016 may come out with, perhaps the release of the macOS version 10.12.1 can give us a hint.

All eyes on macOS version 10.12.1

The macOS version 10.12.1 is expected to come out soon and is expected to carry the support for most of the hardware that the MacBook Pro 2016 will carry. That includes rumored features like Touch ID, the OLED strip display which will replace the traditional function keys and the graphics chip the notebook will bank on.

According to Mac Rumors, the 15-inch may come with something special in the form of a Polaris GPU while the 13-inch model will bank on an AMD GPU chip. If so, that could be one of the differences between the two MacBook Pros which could more or less dictate their respective graphics rendering capability.

Other specs that the MacBook Pro 2016 will reportedly carry include a thinner mold, USB-C ports, Thunderbolt display and the likely elimination of the headphone jacks. A fingerprint scanner will also be present to ramp up the biometric security as well.

These and more features are likely to be spilled for the MacBook Pro 2016 so make sure to check back here for more updates.

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