MacBook Pro refresh may add an OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID and more

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According to new reports, Apple is said to be readying a MacBook Pro refresh for Q4 2016. The refresh may bring a thinner version of the Pro, along with an OLED display above the keyboard, Touch ID and more. Apple recently refreshed the MacBook lineup, boosting the processor speed and battery life, and many are left wanting a refresh of the Pro series.

The information was first reported by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, and then 9to5Mac was able to corroborate the story with its own sources.

The OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while the design will adopt new metal injection molded hinges as reported earlier this year. Additionally, the refreshed MacBook Pros are said to feature USB-C support and Thunderbolt 3.In addition to upgrading the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros, Apple will also introduce a new 13-inch MacBook similar to that of the 12-inch Retina model that was just upgraded with performance boosts.

Previous reports have also said that Apple was looking to providing a way to unlock your Mac with Touch ID on an iPhone, but now it seems as though they may just add the hardware to the computer. Odds are we won't end up hearing about Siri integration in OS X at WWDC. Luckily, we don't have long to wait until Apple takes the stage again and makes its official announcements.

Would you be interested in a thinner MacBook Pro with an OLED display above the keyboard? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Jared DiPane

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