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This is what the 2016 MacBook Pro's OLED 'Touch Bar' will look like – probably

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Rumours are swirling that the updated 2016 MacBook Pro will see Apple's high-end laptop get a new 'killer feature' in the form of an OLED 'Touch Bar'.

The touch sensitive panel will replace the physical fn-key row currently found on the MacBook Pro, which is all old news, but now we may have our first peek at what said Touch Bar will look like – or at least a very good approximation of it.

The concept comes to us via the imagination of a 9to5Mac reader named Cameron and is a nice clear render that's not far off what Apple's actual press shots look like, minus all the overexcited text overlays the Cupertino-based company likes to treat us to.

It's thought that the Touch Bar's buttons (together with a future version of OS X) will be contextually aware, so you'll see different keys depending on the app you're using – Photoshop would display common photo editing shortcuts, for example.

If accurate, it would be the biggest design overhaul for the MacBook Pro in some time, and potentially ever.

Other speculation has Apple renaming OS X 'MacOS' at WWDC 2016 and potentially integrating Siri functionality into its new software.

Related: 2016 MacBook Pro news, rumours, spec, price and release date

MacBook Pro OLED Touch Bar

Is this a realistic representation of the 2016 MacBook Pro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Gareth Burleigh

June 7, 2016, 4:56 pm

Contextually aware would indeed be handy and useful. If you could also map them individually in each application that would be incredible

marsupoual

June 11, 2016, 8:37 am

This OLED bar is just a useless gadget that would make the macbook pro look like a toy. As a programmer I just need those physical F-keys so I just hope that this is only a rumour. But if they removed the physical keys I might switch back to the dark side and buy the Razer Blade + Core for the same price.

Capt. Arty

October 2, 2016, 12:11 pm

I wish someone would explain exactly what an OLED bar does!

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