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Please let the 2018 MacBook Pro look exactly like this

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MacBook Pro 2018 render
Image Credit: Daniel Brunsteiner / Yanko Design

We're still getting to know the 2016 MacBook Pro, yet people are already fantasising about what a 2018 MacBook Pro refresh might look like.

One early concept worth ogling comes to us from designer Daniel Brunsteiner of Yanko Design, who has taken the idea of the Touch Bar to an extreme and imagined a MacBook Pro that features no physical keys at all.

Rather, this mythical MacBook replaces the traditional keyboard with a giant touchpad that utilises Apple's Taptic Engine to "give the user the feel of physical buttons."

The main benefit of abolishing physical keys, Brunsteiner says, is that such a feature would make the Apple Pencil compatible with the MacBook, effectively giving designers a powerful on-the-go studio complete with turbo-charged versions of popular apps like Photoshop.

As a feature, it isn't actually that out of the question, given Apple's popularity with creative types.

Here are some more renders to whet your appetite.

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MacBook Pro 2018 renderMacBook Pro 2018 render

Image credits: Daniel Brunsteiner / Yanko Design

Could Apple really launch such a radically redesigned MacBook in 2018? As we've said, the 'killer feature' here makes a whole lot of sense, but next year might be just a bit too soon, given the Pro line got such a major reboot in 2016.

Still, we can be forgiven for dreaming...

Would you want to see a full-size touchpad replace physical keys on the MacBook Pro? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

jimmy

April 27, 2017, 8:37 am

more fan fiction. hurrah. any solid news?!

pimlicosound

April 27, 2017, 9:03 am

For the 2016 model, I don't know why they decided to replace the function keys with a tiny touch panel instead of putting a touch screen into the enormous trackpad: you know, the part that's much bigger, shaped like a normal screen, has Taptic feedback and which you spend all your time touching anyway. They could have added much more useful and interesting functions with that approach.

vexman

April 27, 2017, 10:26 am

Yes! With an 18" screen and decent stereo speakers. That would make this designers dreams come true. Sign me up!

mode11

April 27, 2017, 12:07 pm

This would be amazing in some ways, but typing on a screen (like an iPad) doesn't match typing on a physical keyboard, taptic engine or not. The 'MacBook One', and to some extent the 2016 MBP, have been criticised for insufficient key travel and the fixed trackpad. Perhaps OLED screens could be flexible enough to enable mechanical switches under the screen, 'Speak and Spell' style? Though it really needs to be glass to have a quality, long-lived feel.

This design would also be poor value for those who primarily need to type, rather than paint / retouch. A giant second screen in front of the keyboard, acting as a trackpad / 'iPad' could be pretty cool, as long as the palm rejection was effective. Though being all-screen is conceptually purer.

Dagher AlSakr

April 27, 2017, 12:56 pm

That keyboard :(

Christian

April 27, 2017, 3:42 pm

Horrendous for typists. One for artists only...

aunty

April 27, 2017, 10:45 pm

Already been done.

The Lenovo Yogabook netbook which was released last year for w10 and Android has a bottom half which is used as a full size pen digitiser and at the press of a button reveals a backlit, touch sensitive entirely flat qwerty keyboard practically identical to what has been suggested here.

Next.

Scoox

May 18, 2017, 11:18 am

Sorry but keys are here to stay. To be honest I don't even like the idea of a touchscreen any more, I am typing this on my Surface Pro 4 and hardly ever touch the screen. Most apps are designed for keyboard and mouse. Personally I think trying to marry touch and traditional input devices is never going to work well. A moues-driven interface can be much denser than a finger-driven one. The constraint is finger size. Also, there are gestures such as hover that a finger cannot perform at the moment. Even the new touchpads suck, because the left and right buttons are now just one button. There are programs where clicking left and right at the same time performs a third action, this is no longer possible with the latest laptops all of which seem to be copying Apples ‘great’ ideas. I have a feeling Apple and every other manufacturer are in the middle of a creative crisis.

juan

June 20, 2017, 9:33 am

physical keys are much more comfortable and useful

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