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MacBook Pro and MacBook Air refreshes expected in October, says analyst

The iPhone 7 is all anyone can talk about right now but Apple may still have more goodies to release before the year is up. Analyst Rhoda Alexander, Director of Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Markit Technology, believes the Cupertino company will release refreshes of its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops this fall—likely in October.

If you’ve been following the rumors surrounding Apple’s revamped MacBook Pro, the idea of a new laptop launching soon isn’t exactly new. A Bloomberg report in August claimed the company is gearing up to launch a revamped MacBook Pro with an OLED display above the keyboard, something apparently known internally at Apple as a “Dynamic Function Row.”

The same Bloomberg report said the refreshed MacBook Air would include a USB-C port, while an updated iMac would feature a new graphics chip.

Rhoda says production for Apple’s devices began in the second quarter of this year, which could mean Intel’s new Kaby Lake processor won’t be included in the new models. Kaby Lake was announced about a month ago, although the chips began shipping to manufacturers and OEMs during the second quarter of 2016, so it’s still possible.

October is just around the corner, so invites to an Apple event should go out any day now.

Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/09/26/macbook-pro-oled-october-launch/