#MacBookPro #Apple – New Macbook Pro 2017 Could Debut Gold Color, Use An Ipad Pro For Cintiq-Like Productivity : It is no secret that Apple kind of missed the mark when it released the revamped MacBook Pro last year. With an insanely limited number of ports and upgrade options, the thin and sleek machines were practically an irony of their “Pro” moniker. If recent reports and rumors are any indication, however, it appears that Apple will be stepping up its game in the professional-grade market this year, with the MacBook Pro 2017 debuting a new color option and possibly featuring a nifty innovation for creative professionals.
Thom Holwerda of OSNews stated in a recent report that Apple was forced to rethink its whole strategy in the Pro market after the release of the 2016 MBP. According to Holwerda, immediately after the launch of the MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar, orders for refurbished old MBPs practically went through the roof. Unfortunately for Apple, the orders for refurbished older MacBook Pros got even higher after the initial batch of reviews were released for the MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar.
This, according to the OSNews report, completely caught Apple by surprise, as the Cupertino-based tech giant was expecting a warmer response from its loyal user base and the professional creative market as a whole. Coupled with the aging iMac and the even older Mac Pro cylinder, Apple’s Pro strategy definitely appeared to be in dire straits. Thus, for 2017 and the upcoming years, Apple would be doubling down in its efforts to adequately cater to the professional market.
An especially interesting innovation in the 2017 MacBook Pro that has arisen as of late is a unique system that would enable the laptop to create content comparable to Cintiq’s Wacom pen displays. Cintiqs are among the most reliable and robust creative pen and touch screens in the market, being utilized by countless professionals across the globe. Apple, for its part, would be developing a system that would enable MacBook Pro 2017 users to use an iPad Pro as a Cintiq-like device.
This would entail the Cupertino-based tech giant to develop a robust proprietary software, but the hardware needed is already in Apple’s lineup of devices. After all, both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro (and surely the iPad Pro 2 series) are equipped with robust internals capable of handling heavy creative tasks. Apart from this, the tech giant already has a pretty capable pen in the form of the Apple Pencil. Thus, it would only be a matter of tweaking the iPad Pro’s iOS and the MacBook Pro 2017’s macOS so that the two devices could simultaneously work side by side.
— Tech Lifehacker (@Tech_Lifehacker) April 11, 2017