The redesigned MacBook Pro is real, but it’s not coming in September — if you trust a new report posted by Bloomberg Wednesday.
The report doesn’t bring anything new in terms of MacBook Pro’s functionality. It merely reiterates what we’ve heard so far, namely that the device will have an OLED touch bar instead of regular function keys, and will be thinner and more powerful in terms of processing and graphics.
From what we know now, the OLED bar might double as a notifications screen and a set of (customizable) keys. If it is indeed real — and you never know with Apple products — it would be quite a radical departure from the current model.
The report, which cites the ubiquitous “people familiar with the matter,” mentions the new MacBook Pro will have a fingerprint scanner, another rumor we’ve heard before.
One point on which Bloomberg departs from some of the rumors we’ve seen is the question of timing. According to its report, the new MacBook Pros will not be introduced alongside the iPhone 7, which we’re likely to see on Sept. 7. This might mean we’ll have to wait until at least October for the new MacBook Pros since Apple traditionally keeps its major launch events at least a month apart.
This will likely disappoint the MacBook Pro faithful. That line of notebooks hasn’t received a serious upgrade since the Retina models of 2012, although both the 15- and the 13-inch versions received minor upgrades along the way, most recently in the spring of 2015.