Any Chance of Touch Bar on 3rd Gen MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by AfternoonDelete, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. AfternoonDelete macrumors member

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    I know that it's sort of midway through the buying cycle for the 2nd generation MacBook. I am tempted to think about buying a 13" MBP because the Touch Bar seems great, but I'd really prefer the MacBook, given that I own an outdated 11" MacBook Air (terrible battery life, 2011 model) and love the smaller size and light weight. I am always taking the Air with me; I do mostly word processing and rarely use apps that are CPU-demanding, so I doubt I would care much if the main bump up next year for the MacBook is stuff like faster chips. What might induce me to wait till 2017 for a 3rd generation MacBook, rather than buy one now, is the chance that a Touch Bar could debut on the next MacBook, but it seems like space logistics and battery drain, etc., might make that impossible. I just thought I would ask this community what they think. Thanks in advance for any replies!
     
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    I have my doubts that it will be included on the 3rd generation rMB, but if it is it will probably be a pricey option rather than standard. The next update will probably be limited to a processor update to Kaby Lake, maybe an update to the keyboard to match the 2ng gen butterfly mechanism in the new MBPs.
     
  3. fisherking macrumors 603

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    what bodonnell202 said. i would think the touchbar is one of the things that will separate the pro from the macbook...
     
  4. ascender macrumors 68020

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    Could they physically engineer it to fit in to the body of a Macbook? I have my doubts given just how slim the Macbook is now.
     
  5. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    yeah i dont think they can fit it in there,
     
  6. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a

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    Expect the 3rd generation rMB to be another press-release launch with updated CPU and GPU, 2nd gen butterfly keyboard, a more efficient,wide gamut screen and (hopefully) a price cut for at least $200.

    I'm not expecting the real changes until CannonLake when hopefully the built-in TB3 support will mean we get USB3.1 gen 2 and TB3 support across 2 ports (like the non-touchbar Pro has) along with a redesign.
     
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