Concept Imagines What a Dynamic OLED Touch Panel Could Look Like on a MacBook Pro

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like.


    Hajek's design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the app that's in use. Hajek imagines music controls when Spotify is open, which morph into a download monitor when using Transmission.


    Also included in the images is an example of Siri on the Mac, with the colorful Siri waveform depicted on the touch panel. Siri for Mac is rumored to be one of the main features coming in OS X 10.12, set to debut on Monday. Not pictured is a Touch ID button, a feature also expected to be included on or alongside the panel.


    In addition to an OLED touch panel, Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro, which will come in 13 and 15-inch sizes, is expected to be thinner, incorporating metal injection mold-made hinges, thin speakers at the sides of the machine, and USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support.

    As has been seen in a leaked chassis image, the OLED panel will be located at the top of the keyboard, where the function keys would normally be positioned. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said the upcoming MacBook Pro will feature "the most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple."

    We don't yet know when the new MacBook Pro will launch, but Kuo has said he expects it to debut in the fourth quarter of 2016.

    Make sure to check out Hajek's website for the full selection of concept images.

    Article Link: Concept Imagines What a Dynamic OLED Touch Panel Could Look Like on a MacBook Pro
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I wouldn't mind something like that at all.
  3. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    You could also use it for the dock icons. That I would love to see.
  4. groovyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2013
    think i will be upgrading my machine this time around...

    is that area maybe where the TouchId sensor will be located as well? Say to power on or login you just touch your finger down on an oled 'button' on the right side where the power button traditionally was.
  5. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
  6. Textime macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2016
    Well, that's really cool.
    But nothing beats the keyboard of the ThinkPad X220
  7. theangelicious1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2016
    I have a stupid question, but how is 4th quarter defined? Does that refer to October through December?
  8. TMRJIJ macrumors 68020


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  9. bobdobalina, Jun 9, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  10. Mago macrumors 68000

    Aug 16, 2011
    Beyond the Thunderdome
    Ming Chi-Kuo + DarkentGuy = Martin Hajek
  11. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    It depends on the context. This context I would say yes. October-Decemeber. Fiscal fourth quarter would be July-September.
  12. aberrero, Jun 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2016

    aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    Lies from KGI. The current MBP in 2012 was the most significant upgrade ever by Apple. Totally redesigned the machine.
  13. Shirasaki macrumors 603


    May 16, 2015
    Hmm. Looks super cool.
    And this shows how ugly camera protruding is, comparing to such sexy OLED display on MacBook Pro.
  14. Col4bin, Jun 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2016

    Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    Sweet, now Apple just needs to create a MacBook Pro with full OLED touchscreen display--similar to the MS Surface Pro.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 9, 2016 ---

    Edit: I was wrong--my apologies. Here's Apple's financial quarters:

    Q1: November - January
    Q2: February - April
    Q3: May - July
    Q4: August - October
  15. fxmx42 Suspended


    Nov 12, 2014
    it uses face recognition to power on. :rolleyes:
  16. Shaun, UK macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Please not another 13 & 15" MBP. Can we have some choice for heavens sake. Move up to 14 & 16" MBPs please. I want and need a laptop bigger than 15".
  17. rowspaxe macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Minority report: i find the creation of a touch bar pointless.
  18. Starfyre macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2010
    Wait a second, that first screen, reminds me of Dell XPS with touch buttons above the keyboard, OLED or not.....
  19. PaulRustad007 macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2015
    Nov thru Jan, I believe.
  20. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    With a good keyboard you won't have to look down at it to push the keys. I think it would be a lot better if there were actual keys that had displays on them. That way you could still change them and put what ever the you want on them, but pushing that pause button wouldn't be such a task.
  21. brunosh macrumors regular


    May 14, 2014
    That seems awesome! But as always, Apple will deliver it half baked, so the good stuff will come in 2/3 years...
  22. Oliverhay macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand

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