There are plenty of Windows laptops (and convertible PCs) that come with touchscreen displays. There are plenty of Chromebooks that come with touchscreen displays too. That’s why it’s pretty surprising that we have yet to find an Apple MacBook with a touchscreen, unless you count the iPad Pro as a “real” computer. That could be changing this year, as the upcoming 2016 MacBook Pro refresh could come with a touchscreen and an OLED one to boot.

Before you get all excited about smudging your fingerprints all over that Retina display, I need to go ahead and dash your dreams apart. The most recent rumor comes by way of KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, saying that the new 2016 MacBook Pro will come with an OLED touch-enabled display panel above the regular keyboard. In effect, this OLED strip would replace the row of function keys. We’ve seen similar kinds of function versatility from products like the Optimus Maximus keyboard.

In addition to the OLED strip above the keyboard, the new 2016 MacBook Pro should also come with a Touch ID sensor to capture your fingerprint for more practical purposes too. If the iPhone 7 does indeed embed Touch ID (and the home button) into an edge-to-edge display, it’s possible that the Touch ID on the MacBook will also be built into the OLED touchscreen.

Other highlights include the common push toward being lighter and thinner, the inclusion of USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, and Intel Skylake chips powering the show. Previous rumors pointed toward a July launch, but now it looks like you won’t get the new Apple laptops until the fourth quarter.


Via 9to5Mac

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