Apple’s new MacBook Pro is coming with all new radical design this year. Changes include the replacement of the top keyboard row with a secondary OLED screen that could provide context-aware shortcuts, as well an overall design overhaul. The new MacBook Pro laptops will be lighter and thinner that will feature a design similar to the 12-inch Retina MacBook. A new rumor from Asia indicates that at least one supplier is already shipping a critical component to Apple that’s needed for making a thinner laptop, that is the Hinge.
The hinge of a laptop is a crucial element. Its purpose is to connect the display to the motherboard, but also to hold the screen in place at various angles, and balance the whole device. Microsoft came up with a unique hinge for its eye-catching Surface Book design. A thinner MacBook Pro will need a different type of hinges.
According to China’s Commercial Times, the company is expected to provide similar metal injection molding (MIM) hinges for 15-inch MacBooks that were made and installed by Jarllytec in 13-inch MacBooks.
Different reports did say that a 13-inch Retina MacBook is in the works, meant to displace the aging MacBook Air in Apple’s lineup. However, other reports said that Apple is indeed working on redesigned 13-inch and 15-inch laptops that will be included in the Pro line.