MacOS Sierra 10.12.1, which was released yesterday, includes hidden Apple Pay images (via MacRumors) that show what looks to be the new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel set to be announced later this week.
The images give us our first look at what the new MacBook Pro will look like ahead of it’s unveiling on Thursday, October 27. Just as previously rumored, the panel replaces the row where the function keys would normally sit. The panel clearly shows the use of TouchID in concert with Apple Pay.
The images also seem to depict that the new MacBook Pro will be slimmer with speakers located on both sides of the keyboard.
New MacBook Pro (Left), Current MacBook Pro (Right)
When compared to the current generation MacBook, there are a couple of noticeable differences. First, the keyboard on the new MacBook Pro is clearly the same as the one used in the new MacBook, likely using the same butterfly mechanism as well as providing a much larger surface area for each key. Second, it clearly looks like Apple will incorporate visible speakers on the 13-inch model. Again, this exists on the current 12-inch MacBook but not on the current 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. And third, Apple looks to have designed a completely new hinge, using much plastic than the current generation. In fact, there’s been a rumor floating around that Apple will use metal injection molding for this hinge.
Apple plans to announce the new MacBook Pro on Thursday, October 27 at 10 am PDT. A new MacBook Air is also expected. You can live stream the event through the Apple website and on Apple TV.