Rumours suggest that Apple's MacBook Pro launch may take place a couple of days after the company's earnings call on 25th October. At the earnings call, Apple will reveal financial results of the quarter ending 30th September and sales of the just-launched iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may be revealed at the announcement as well.
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The launch of the MacBook Pro may also follow the launch of Microsoft's Surface PC a day earlier. The Surface line of tablets and PCs have been formidable competitors to Apple's larger devices and their respective launches within a day of each other suggests that they may not wish to cede an inch of space in the highly-competitive, albeit declining, tablet and PC market.
While not much is known about the upcoming MacBook Pro, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo threw some light on the display in the upcoming MacBook earlier this year. In his research report, Kuo has claimed that this year's MacBook Pro will come in 13-inch and 15-inch display variants and will feature OLED displays along with Touch ID support which will replace the function keys on the keyboard. The touchscreen will let users run apps and perform tasks directly without having to touch the keyboard.
As per Kuo, while MacBook Air will be a cheaper entry-level product, Apple will market the upcoming MacBook Pro devices as its premium product. Given that Google's Chromebooks, now manufactured by a large number of players like Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, Toshiba, Dell and HP, are increasingly competing with Macs for supremacy in the laptop-genre, Apple will need to push its MacBook range a hard marketing push to retain its edge in the long term.
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Back in September, Apple also sent our surveys to existing MacBook Pro users to gather data on the utility of 3.5mm headphone jacks and SD card slots. It is being suggested that Apple may use results of the survey to take a call on 3.5mm jacks and SD cards in future MacBook Pro models. Apple has already taken the wireless route through iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and it is possible that the company may extend the technology to its larger devices.
MacWorld states that the upcoming MacBook Pro may feature Intel's new generation 64-bit Kaby Lake processors with support for Thunderbolt 3 which will facilitate data transfers at speeds of up to 40 Gbps. Not much else is presently known about the upcoming MacBook Pro but we will fill you in as soon as we get our hands on more leaked details before the official launch.