Oops! Apple leaks photo of new MacBook Pro with OLED Magic Toolbar


The release of macOS 10.12.1 was a fairly unremarkable affair... apart from one thing. In addition to the expected fixes and changes, hidden in the code are images relating to Apple Pay that appear to show off the new MacBook Pro -- the updated model that's not due to be announced until the upcoming event on 27 October.

The images are very revealing too, showing off a few surprises that Apple would probably have liked to have kept secret until the big day. Gone are the function keys at the top of the keyboard, replaced instead by a touch sensitive OLED panel presumed to be called the Magic Toolbar. There's also -- it appears -- built in support for Touch ID, and a few other changes.

As the images of the new machine -- first noticed by MacRumors -- originate from Apple Pay photography, that the Magic Toolbar (a name we know about from Apple's patent filings) is shown being used to make a payment with Touch ID is hardly surprising. But the addition of the OLED panel does mean that sacrifices have been made.

The function keys may have vanished, but so has the all-important Esc key. While it is not inconceivable that this key could have been removed altogether, the missing power button must have simply been repositioned.

From what we can make out from the photo, the new model would appear to be an even thinner, lighter design than before. The bezel of the MacBook Pro seems to have shrunk, but we should know precise details of the design tomorrow.

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