2016 MacBook Pro Release: 5 Reasons to Wait, 4 Not to

All eyes are on the 2016 MacBook Pro release date that could come in the next two months with a sleek new design, upgraded performance, better battery life and new color options. If you connect your MacBook Pro to external displays and need access to fast storage, there is a new rumor that adds another reason to wait.

We’ll walk through five reasons to wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro before you buy a new MacBook Pro and a few reasons you should jump in and buy a new Apple laptop today instead of waiting.

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If you hate typing in your password, you may want to wait as new rumors indicate that the 2016 MacBook Pro will include a Touch ID power button.

We’re talking about an unannounced 2016 MacBook Pro, the next version of the 13-inch and 15-inch Apple notebooks that are popular with many users who demand more power or a larger screen than the MacBook or MacBook Air offers.

You can always wait for the next product announcement, but then you’ll end up wasting lots of time waiting. Once we come within the 60 day mark it makes more sense than ever to wait to buy a new MacBook Pro.

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Why you should wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro release date.

Why you should wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro release date.

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There is an iPhone 7 event on September 7th, but Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the 2016 MacBook Pro announcement is likely coming in October. Apple could release the 2016 MacBook Pro just a day or two after an event, as there is generally less time between the announcement and the release for Apple notebooks.

When a new MacBook Pro release is close it makes sense to pause and make your current computer last a little longer.

In earlier years we would have told you to wait for a new MacBook Pro release to score a deal, but if you need a new computer and you don’t want to put down the cash on a brand new model, we are already seeing many back to school deals and discounts on refurbished models.

Here is a walkthrough of the 5 reasons to wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro and the reasons you should just go ahead and upgrade today. Concept images from Martin Hajek.

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Wait for a New MacBook Pro 2016 Design

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Wait for a New MacBook Pro 2016 Design

One of the biggest reasons to wait for the 2016 MacBook Pro is that all signs point to a completely new design.

Think of a 12-inch MacBook style design with a bigger screen and more powerful internals. Now imagine your favorite Apple inspired color to match your iPad and iPhone.

We are hearing that the new 2016 MacBook Pro design will make this notebook thinner at the thickest point than the MacBook Air. That's a dramatic change in overall design and thickness. Rumors also suggest that this will be a very light notebook as well.

At this stage we aren't expecting a touch screen or a detachable tablet like device. Apple already goes after part of that market with the iPad Pro. We could see a new OLED touch screen above the keyboard and Touch ID, if all the rumors come true.

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The video above shows what a small touch panel above the keyboard could look like and how Apple might integrate features into it.

A new report from 9to5Mac cites a source who says that Touch ID security will be built into the power button on the new MacBook Pro. 

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The latest report from Bloomberg suggests the MacBook Pro will be slimmer and not as wide or deep as the current models. This will make it more portable. 

Waiting for the 2016 MacBook Pro before buying a new Apple notebook isn't about making sure you have the newest looking computer -- it's about getting a thinner, lighter device that is easier to take wherever you go.

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