Leaked photos of the Macbook Pro 2016 revealed that the laptop could have a touchscreen keyboard. The device may also have four USB-C connectors.
The leaked photos of the Macbook Pro 2016, sent to Cult of Mac, seem to confirm a new OLED touchpad above the laptop's keyboard. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that Apple will be introducing an OLED touchpad to its Macbook Pro range by the third quarter of this year.
The Macbook Pro 2016 specs are also believed to include Apple's new butterfly keys. The device is expected to be thinner.
The Macbook Pro 2016 leaked photos were sent to the publication by an anonymous source claiming to work for one of Apple's suppliers in China. The images revealed a new cutout above the device's keyboard, where the function keys are usually located, with the housing for the OLED touchpad.
One advantage for the touchscreen keyboard would be to give users the ability to customize function keys with the shortcuts that they normally use. It could also be used to add shortcuts for specific apps.
The Macbook Pro 2016 touchpad is also said to have a lip that slips into a smaller hole in the left side of the cutout to keep it in place. The hole on the right side has three pins, which may be used to connect the touchpad to the logic board.
Business Insider reported that there is a possibility that Apple could add a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the Macbook Pro 2016 specs as well. The laptop still has a hole for a 3.5mm headphone jack.
According to Venture Beat, the Macbook Pro 2016 will reportedly have four USB-C ports. The switch will solve the problem of not being able to charge the device and a phone (using the laptop) at the same time. This would mean, though, that users will need more accessories for the laptop.