macOS Sierra confirms the new MacBook Pro feature we all expect

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Mac fans are guaranteed to see a new MacBook Pro with an all-new keyboard at the “Hello Again” keynote on October 27.

Apple added assets in its newly released macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update that appear to confirm the new OLED touch bar on upcoming MacBook Pro.


The OLED touchbar has been Apple’s worst-kept secret of 2016. This summer Cult of Mac obtained images of a leaked MacBook Pro casing that revealed the OLED touchbar that replaces the top row of function keys.

Virtual keyboard leak

After Apple made macOS Sierra 10.12.1 yesterday, a MacRumors reader discovered Apple added three new sets of layouts to virtual keyboards on Mac. Each image show a virtual keyboard that lacks the top row of function keys.

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Say hi to the new MacBook Pro keyboard layout.
Photo: Gabriel Lorin

The virtual keyboard assets allow users to type on the Mac’s screen using a keyboard that’s identical to the user’s physical keyboard. Apple has virtual keyboard assets for the entire product lineup, including different international layouts as well as full and half-height function rows.

The new virtual keyboard images do not depict the touchbar at the top. The new OLED Touchbar will supposedly allow apps to offer dynamic keys based on the current task users are performing. Touch ID is also rumored to be included.

Full details of the new MacBook Pro and other products will be revealed at Apple’s HQ in Cupertino on Thursday, October 27. Cult of Mac will be here liveblogging all of the action and analyzing Apple’s moves. You can also watch the keynote live on Apple TV or Safari on Mac or iOS.