MacBook Pro, Air Models and 5K iMac Could Be Announced as Early as October

Omar Sohail
Posted Aug 30, 2016
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Apple isn’t just looking to release a MacBook Pro, but a MacBook Air and an iMac boasting a resolution that goes the boundaries of the 4K resolution could also be announced as early as October. According to the latest report, Apple had formed an alliance with a company that will allow it to announce the iMac, along with other aforementioned models.

AMD Graphics Option Could Be Included Inside the 5K iMac and MacBook Pro

Bloomberg has reported that in order to release the 5K iMac, Apple has partnered with LG Electronics, and also intends on including AMD graphics option inside the upcoming iMac and MacBook Pro models. The extent to what GPUs are going to be present inside the machines is currently unknown, but the highest configured model of the MacBook Pro could sport a mobile Polaris variant belonging to AMD.

The report mentions the following functionality of MacBook Pro and its rumored OLED-based touchscreen, which is expected to replace the function keys placed on top of the keyboard:

“For example, if a user is on their desktop, the screen will show a virtual representation of the standard function row, which includes brightness and media controls. When in an application, the virtual row will show options specific to the task at hand, but volume controls and a switch to show the default functions will always be present.”

The report also states that the tech giant has named the feature ‘Dynamic Function Row’, but confirmation can only be given once the official announcement kicks off. For Type-C USB ports, we could see a total of 4 ports on MacBook Pro and 2 ports on MacBook Air. Now it depends which underlying technology is going to be running underneath these ports. Our previously covered report states that future MacBooks could deliver speeds according to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, which has a maximum theoretical data transfer rate of 10Gbps. This speed is twice that of USB 3.1 Gen 1, which is just another fancy name for USB 3.0 is.

The 5K iMac, in my opinion is going to feature a Retina Display, and if you ask me, the upcoming desktop will also feature Type-C USB ports that could deliver speeds according to the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard. Let us hope that the announcement does take place during the month of October. Which product are you excited to see the most? Let us know right away.

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