LTE is a stretch, too. The antenna patent may not make it into the 2016 Pro, but I doubt Apple is looking to make a connected MacBook. It has gone all-in on tethering to an iPhone, and leaving us with connected MacBooks fragments Apple’s ‘please buy every Apple device’ missive.
Touch ID is also something we should probably forget about. Apple recently created a way to authenticate a MacBook log-in via the Apple Watch (please see the ‘buy every device’ line above), which can also be used for Apple Pay transactions on the Web. Using a second device has a lot more avenues than Touch ID for authentication, and keeps us tied to Apple’s ecosystems.
I don’t. The 2016 MacBook Pro will undoubtedly be a very new and exciting device, but it will build on Apple’s history with the Pro — not alter course for the sake of doing so.
Look for a slimmer design with Apple’s new butterfly keyboard mechanism, four USB C ports and a Force Touch trackpad. It will almost definitely have Kaby Lake processors (Apple skipped Skylake for a reason, right?), a few GPU options (with Intel being standard), and SSD memory (but not a lot for the base model, because iCloud is where it’s at).
You’ll almost definitely be able to buy it in several different colors, and it will be more portable than the existing Pro. Apple should also keep the 13 and 15-inch screen sizes, but may increase Retina to 4K on both. Also, I’d be shocked if its P3 color gamut wasn’t involved with those new displays.
There should also be some new peripherals direct from Apple. If it wants to make the jump to USB C, we’ll need a solid hub to connect existing peripherals to. Also, cases and other non-essential items should be on offer at launch.
The 2016 MAcBook Pro will be better than what you can buy now — a lot better. It just won’t be a unicorn.