Updated 08:12 AM EST, Wed, Jan 20, 2021

MacBook Pro 2015 Release Date, Specs & Features: Over 12 Hours of Battery Life? Touch ID Design Tipped!

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The 2015 Retina MacBook Pro could have its own, well-mounted Touch ID fingerprint system, if recent reports are to be believed.

According to News Everyday, Taiwanese outlet apple.club.tw cited sources, which claimed that the security scanner will be built directly into the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad among Desktop Macs. MacBooks, on the other hand, get theirs on top of trackpads.

The new MacBook Pro joins the list of this year's highly-anticipated Apple notebooks, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air and a refresh of the current lineup (11- and 13-inch versions). The refresh is particularly expected to arrive on Tuesday, Feb. 24, "with no fanfare or keynote presentation."

Reports have it that the 2015 MacBook Pro will launch in the market by April, the Youth Health Magazine said. That could be few weeks from now, but we'll have to hear from Apple first. As you might remember, the last MacBook Pro update happened in July 2014.

The outlet went on to mention rumors pointing to "a more durable and long lasting battery capacity mainly seen on the MacBook Airs."

Users familiar with the MacBook Air would know that the device offers as much as 12 hours of battery life. With a single charge, the 11-inch model specifically runs up to 9 hours, while the 13-inch model gets the half-day capacity.

It goes to say that the sleeping MacBook Air, for three hours, will automatically enter standby mode so as to conserve energy in a whopping 30-day time frame.

Currently, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro offers up to 9 hours of battery life, while the 15-inch version runs 8 hours at max. Considering the notebooks' high-resolution panel and form, such lengths are branded to be "absolutely remarkable."

The PCAdvisor noted some of the 2015 MacBook Pro's touted specs, which include Intel's new Broadwell chips, 4K display, as well as 8 GB (13-inch model) and 16 GB (15-inch model) of RAM.

For comparison, the Retina MacBook Air is purported to have a Core M processor, but not "full" Core i5 / i7 parts. Rivaling the Cupertino giant, a Dell rep previously said, "The Intel Core M processor, to my knowledge, uses the exact same silicon die as the 15-watt Core i3/i5/i7 chips with the lower graphics configuration (known as GT2; the higher-end configuration is GT3)."

The new MacBook Pro could also face competition with Dell's recently-unveiled Precision M3800, dubbed to be the "world's thinnest and lightest true 15-inch mobile workstation."

While the possibility of April's launch is very enticing indeed, Macworld predicted a much-later release date, eyeing this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The outlet is convinced that the event will happen on June 8 - 12, so the new MacBook Pro will most likely appear anywhere in this window.

What do you expect to see in the 2015 MacBook Pro? Would you rather opt for the Retina MacBook Air? Sound off in the comments section.

For more information about the current MacBook Pros, head over here. To compare Mac models, click this.

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