IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin believes that Apple will be launching a 16-inch MacBook Pro in September. Contrary to rumors, the 16-inch MacBook Pro would continue to make use of LCD display sourced from LG Display.
The display will sport a resolution of 3072 x 1920 which is slightly higher than the 15-inch MacBook Pro’s resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels. Alongside the bigger display, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro will come with new CPUs and run macOS Catalina out of the box.
“We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue,” Jeff Lin, Associate Director, Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit, said in an email to Forbes.
Lin believes that if Apple does not encounter any development difficulties, it will unveil the new 16-inch MacBook Pro in September. Apple will also update its 13.3-inch MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Air lineup with faster processors alongside the 16-inch MacBook Pro in September.
Apple only recently updated its MacBook Pro lineup with faster 9th generation Core processors from Apple. The company even went ahead and added an 8-core CPU option to the top-spec’d MacBook Pro for the first time.
It is possible that the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro will make use of Intel’s 10nm mobile CPU and AMD’s 7nm Navi GPU, though the latter has not detailed its mobile GPU roadmap.
The bigger chassis of the 16-inch MacBook Pro would allow for better thermal performance which in turn means Apple could use more powerful mobile chips inside it.
There have been rumors of Apple working on a 16-inch MacBook Pro for quite some time. With rumors and reports picking up steam, it looks like Apple is indeed working on a 16-inch MacBook Pro. However, it will be interesting to see if it ends up unveiling the MacBook Pro in September instead of a separate event in Q4 2019 like it has done in the past. A September unveiling means that the new MacBook Pro would end up stealing a bit of thunder from the 2019 iPhone lineup.