Image on macOS 10.15.1 Confirms Touch Bar, Touch ID Placement on 16-inch MacBook Pro

16-inch MacBook Pro rumors are rife from quite some time. Now an icon reference in macOS Catalina throws some light on how the new MacBook will be redesigned.

The image found on macOS 10.15.1 shows off a device with a power/Touch ID key that is separated from the Touch Bar. It further corroborates earlier reports that hinted at physical escape key as opposed to software one on current MacBook Pro. However, the icon has been removed from the release build and it only means that the launch will not happen this month.

The bottom line is this, the upcoming MacBook Pro will only feature small design changes. Rumor mills suggested that the new machine from Apple will arrive with a design overhaul. However, the icon suggests otherwise.

Apple is widely expected to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro this year. Apart from packing a bigger and higher resolution display, it is also expected to feature AMD’s new 7nm Navi GPUs which offer better performance and power efficiency. It will make use of Intel’s 9th generation Core processors and can be reportedly configured with up to an 8-core CPU.  This MacBook Pro will see Apple dump its unreliable butterfly keyboard and mark the return of the scissor mechanism keyboard.

A fresh report by Kuo suggests that new MacBooks with the Scissor mechanism keyboard will only arrive in June 2020. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is expected to arrive with narrow-bezel and a scissor mechanism keyboard. Apple’s supplier Quanta will be manufacturing the new MacBook Pro.

[via 9to5Mac]