In February we first heard about a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, and a new report today backs this up by adding more details.
The report claims a 3072 × 1920 resolution up from the 2880 × 1800 panel found in Apple's 15-inch laptops from the first Retina MacBook Pro in 2012 […]
IHS Markit says the new 16-inch laptop has target production date of September 2019 with a yield of about 250,000 units per month. The panel will still be LCD (no OLED, as already reported) and is supposed to be manufactured by LG.
As we noted this morning, time seems a bit odd …
As the 15-inch MacBook Pro was upgraded this year, with newer processors and redesigned keyboard design, people expect the 16-inch build new, separate, line in Apple's product range.
They also have a 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. The patterns in the set will be odd at the same time, but it would be almost as strange to offer a substantial update to the machine in May before being replaced in September.
One possible situation is that Apple feels compelled to replace. the problem keyboard with a new design, and if it did, they, including the latest Intel processors at the same time, would make sense.
I think the possible game here is to replace the old 11/13 / 15-inch 12/14/16-inch kit.
The 12-inch switch has already happened, of course. There is no longer an 11-inch MacBook Air, the 12-inch MacBook now takes up the slot on the smallest available machine. If we get a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, then it will make sense for the 13-inch to hit up to 14-inch.
In particular, if Apple could shrink the panels – it seems likely – then it could handle the same trick as the wonderful 12.9-inch iPad Pro: a large display in a compact housing. In a reader's poll, when the idea was first reported, 60% of you will be tempted by the machine. (Yes, this is a biased study given to people to read such a piece but it is still of great interest.)
The 16-inch MacBook Pro in a new line
I have previously argued
12-inch MacBook Exec-spec 12-inch MacBook "Good" 14-inch MacBook Pro 16-inch MacBook Pro "Better" 16-inch MacBook Pro
This will cut half the range from 12 models to 6 by losing awkward models, which Apple should not offer today – and still offers special solutions for those who want "the best" and not "better".
Things have changed little since then with the complication of the new 13-inch MacBook Air, which is currently still the most affordable MacBook slot, although it's a better machine than the 12-inch MacBook in most ways. Right now, it still makes sense to think of the air as something like a diversion there to act as a narcotic drug for the rest of the scope.
But for the rest, it seems to me that it is likely to get my desire – at least in terms of size.
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