New MacBook Pro may be unveiled at WWDC in June; launch dates in Q3/Q4

New MacBook Pro may be unveiled at WWDC in June; launch dates in Q3/Q4

According to a Yibada report, citing an unidentified source, Apple will likely launch a new MacBook Pro model within the 2016 second quarter, in an evident effort to give a boost to the slumping MacBook sales.

The Yibada report about a forthcoming 2016 MacBook Pro model -- with Retina display -- comes at a time when reports are making rounds about a major product launch event to be hosted by Apple in mid-March. At the event, Apple is expected to unveil a much- anticipated new 4-inch iPhone dubbed iPhone 5SE; as well as the iPad Air 3.

The 2016 Retina MacBook Pro will likely be introduced by Apple at its WWDC event scheduled to be held in June. The device will hit the markets later this year, with rumors hinting that the launch dates of the new MacBook Pro will probably be spread out across the third and fourth quarters of 2016.

Towards that end, an unnamed Apple insider has stated that, after the introduction of the new MacBook Pro model at the WWDC event, "the release dates will be distributed across Q3 and Q4 2016, with the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks following each other closely in the third quarter at the earliest."

Meanwhile, so far as the most noteworthy features of the 2016 Retina MacBook Pro are concerned, it is rumored that the device will be powered by the Intel Skylake processor, which will help bring about an improvement in the device's battery life and graphics performance.