16-inch MacBook Pro with Narrow Bezels Rumored for September Launch

Rumors surrounding the 16-inch MacBook Pro are picking up steam. The latest one from DigiTimes claims that Apple will launch the new 16-inch MacBook Pro in September — a claim which was also made by an IHS Markit analyst last month.

The new MacBook Pro will feature narrow bezels surrounding its display to ensure that it is not bigger than the 15-inch MacBook Pro in size. The 16-inch LCD display is expected to have a resolution of 3072 x 1920 which is in line with what previous rumors have claimed.

We have already seen plenty of PC OEMs launch laptops with displays that are barely surrounded by any bezel. This allows them to include larger displays on their laptops without increasing the overall dimensions than what was previously possible. Apple’s supplier Quanta will be manufacturing the new MacBook Pro.

The design of this 16-inch MacBook Pro will be similar to the 15-inch model, with only some minor differences to accommodate the larger display. The launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is unlikely to benefit Apple’s aluminum suppliers since this will be a low sales volume product. Rumors suggest that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a starting price tag of $3,000.

Our Take

Apple has usually reserved its September event for new iPhone and Apple Watch unveiling. However, both these products are expected to only get minor upgrades this year so it is possible that Apple could announce the 16-inch MacBook Pro alongside them. My bet is on an October event though where Apple will not only unveil the 16-inch MacBook Pro but also provide more details about the 2019 Mac Pro.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro will offer performance that will be in between that of the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro. It will make use of the more reliable scissor keyboard mechanism which Apple is expected to adopt across its entire MacBook lineup in 2020.

[Via DigiTimes]