Apple‘s next MacBook Pro lineup might include significant changes to its appearance and hardware, according to a report in Bloomberg Wednesday.
The popular notebook’s new model may have a touch screen strip for function keys, a slimmer screen, a more powerful graphics processor for tasks such as video games and perhaps a Touch ID scanner, according to Bloomberg sources familiar with the matter.
The company has seen sales of Macs, including the MacBook Pro line, rise 6 percent to $25.5 billion in the last fiscal year, and iPad sales decreased 23 percent to $23.2 billion, Bloomberg reported. This year’s MacBook Pro is aimed at increasing notebook sales at a time when consumers are taking longer to buy or replace iPads, Bloomberg said.
Even though Apple tentatively has a product release date scheduled for September 7, Bloomberg sources said, the new MacBook will likely not likely debut then.
A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond for CNBC’s request for comment.