Update, Nov. 13, 2019: Apple has introduced awith a larger screen and improved keyboard. It completely replaces the previous 15-inch model.
It wasthat we first heard rumors about a bigger-than-usual MacBook Pro in Apple's pipeline. Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who has been out in front of many of the company's announcements over the past decade, reported that we could expect a new high-end laptop with a large display sometime in 2019.
A 16-inch MacBook Pro? It sounded odd -- and yet Kuo is credible. He also predicted, accurately, that we'd see, a new and and three this year. (And those new iPad Pros? Well, that .)
Certainly, the MacBook Pro is due for a shakeup of some sort. Apart from a series of minor spec bumps over the past few years, includingat in July, Apple hasn't really updated since 2016. And that last major overhaul -- extending the across Pro line and shifting to -- has not been roundly embraced.
A 16-inch display would make this rumored laptop the largest in the company's lineup. The company currently sells two versions of the MacBook Pro -- the 13- and 15-inch models -- in addition to theand . (The .)
But it would be so quintessentially Apple to unveil a 16-inch laptop in 2019. (The company did not respond to our request for comment.) Most vendors cling tightly to the conventional sizes -- 13, 15 and 17 inches -- though the 14-inch display has recently carved out a niche, and you can sometimes find an 11- or 12-inch model.
Still, the landscape is ripe for change. The MacBook Pro could use a fresh start. And the timing could be perfect. We've collected the most interesting and credible rumors about the 16-inch MacBook Pro below. Have a look.
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Rumor: A new MacBook Pro coming soon
For months, we've heard rumors from multiple sources about a redesign for the MacBook Pro. But there's been no consensus on exactly when this laptop would launch. Kuo's initial report from February was broad, giving "2019" as the timeframe. In May, we heard that the project had been delayed until 2020 or 2021, or maybe even shelved. But, it turned out that was due to an inaccurate translation of a subsequent Kuo report.
August brought a fresh slate of rumors indicating that not only was the new model coming, it was coming soon -- and perhaps even by the end of October. And the latest intel, from DigiTimes and Forbes, suggests that we could see a new MacBook Pro debut sometime next week. If true, Apple will most likely announce the new machine in a press release, as we've not heard anything about an imminent event.
Rumor: It will have a 16-inch display and narrow bezels
We've heard that Apple has figured out how to embed a larger display in a chassis that's about the same size as the current 15-inch Pro model -- a move that would necessitate a narrower margin around the screen. And earlier this month, MacRumors reported that the MacGeneration blog had discovered a new icon -- a laptop with slim bezels and a "16" in the file name -- in Apple's own MacOS Catalina beta code. Though there's OLED buzz around every upcoming Apple device, we haven't seen any authoritative sourcing of this rumor for the next MacBook Pro.
Rumor: Apple will give the new MacBook Pro a scissor-style keyboard
Apple is expected to move on from its introduced in 2015 to make its laptops lighter and thinner, is a failure. Legions of users have complained about sticky keys, letters typing in duplicate -- or not at all.with the next iteration of the MacBook Pro. This welcome tidbit, which came first from Kuo, acknowledges what many of us concluded years ago: that Apple's butterfly-switch keyboard design,
Note that Kuo had originally predicted that the new scissor keyboard would also come to the MacBook Air by the end of 2019. Given that, that's extremely unlikely.
Rumor: The new MacBook Pro will have Intel inside, again
Apple's Intel's faster eighth- and ninth-generation Core processors, including an eight-core version. According to Forbes, the forthcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro will run on Intel's Coffee Lake H Refresh processor., announced at this year's WWDC, featured a step up to
If that's true, the next MacBook Pro could be one of the last Apple computers to feature Intel processors. The company long been rumored to be shifting its computers over to custom Arm-based processors. The move is part of Apple's strategic decision to help Bloomberg and Axios.that'll work across Apple's various operating systems -- on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. And the processor change could take place as soon as next year, according to
Originally published Oct. 28.