Apple reportedly to unveil significant MacBook Pro overhaul

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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.

For the full story, including what other features might appear on the Pro lineup, see Bloomberg’s full report here.

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