APPLE WILL DEBUT its next-generation MacBook Pro laptops in "late October", according to reports.
MacRumors has learned that Apple is "moving rapidly" towards the launch of the new MacBooks, and sources point to an unveiling at the end of next month.
Echoing previous rumours, the report claimed that the new MacBook Pros will have an unusual OLED display touch bar above the keyboard. This bar will apparently replace the physical function keys along the top of the MacBook keyboard, and will sit alongside metal injection moulded hinges.
The report also said that Apple's top-of-the-range 15in MacBook Pro models will use AMD's Polaris GPU, debunking speculation that Nvidia graphics will show up in the firm's next laptops.
Early speculation also pointed to the laptops having a Touch ID-based power button and USB-C connectivity, but these features are not mentioned in this latest report.
MacRumors did claim that Apple's new MacBooks will arrive running macOS 10.12.1, which Apple will reportedly release in public and developer betas early next week in a bid to get the software ready for the impending launch.
New MacBook Pro models are not all Apple has up its sleeve, apparently. MacRumors has also heard that the company is gearing up to launch a new MacBook Air line-up equipped with USB-C ports, alongside new iMacs with AMD graphics.
It is unclear whether these will launch at Apple's mooted "late October" event. This could turn out to be a low-key unveiling via press release, according to the report, with some embargoed briefings taking place for the handful of journalists to whom Apple actually talks.
The company is also reportedly working with LG on a new 5K external display to replace the discontinued Apple Thunderbolt Display, although a date for that product has yet to be leaked. µ
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