The new MacBook Pro predictions
The MacBook Pro is also well overdue for an update, and not just a performance bump. The new MacBook Pro needs to be refreshed dramatically, both internally and externally.
Current design of MacBook Pro is 4 years old. It is still very sexy and maybe the best on the market, but the new generation of MacBook Pro needs some visual improvements. I am almost sure that the new MacBook Pro will look a lot like 12-inch MacBook. Basically, I would be happy if Apple just take the 12-inch MacBook and make it bigger.
As usual, Apple will definitely equip the newest MacBook Pro with the fastest processors on the market, probably based on a Skylake architecture. I would really love to have completely fanless MacBook Pro, but Core M chips are not powerful enough for a pro device, so the fan is here to stay, for now.
Personally, I hope that Apple will completely retire the 128GB storage option for its MacBook Pro lineup. I hope the base model of 13.3-inch MacBook Pro come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
I do not expect Apple to change the size or even the resolution of the displays in the MacBook Pro. We will see the 13.3-inch model with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and the 15.4-inch model with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels. At the same time, I expect to see the thin bezels around the display, making the form factor of the MacBook Pro smaller, while keeping the same size of the display.
Keyboard, trackpad and speakers
It took me a couple of weeks, but I got used to the keyboard on my 12-inch MacBook, and actually like it now. But there are also a lot of people who hate the new keyboard, so I hope Apple will equip the new MacBook Pros with a keyboard similar to the 12-inch MacBook, but with a bit of added travel.
Trackpads have been always great on MacBooks. I am sure the new MacBook Pros will also have an industry-leading Force Touch trackpad.
The speakers of 12-inch MacBook sound better than any other MacBook I have ever heard, so I will be happy to get the similar speakers in MacBook Pros.
Connections and expansion
Well, ports are the most talked part of the 12-inch MacBook, or should I say the absence of them. I do not think Apple will get rid of the ports on MacBook Pro, and instead, concentrate on upgrading them to the new generation.
I expect to see the following ports in the new MacBook Pro:
- MagSafe charging port
- Two USB-C ports with a support for Thunderbolt 3
- Regular USB 3 port
- HDMI port
- SDXC card slot
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
Finally, I hope the new MacBook Pro will have at least 12-hours battery life. The more energy-efficient processor and the new terraced battery design will definitely help improve the 10 hours I am now able to get out of my 13-inch MacBook Pro.