DigiTimes: 16-inch MacBook Pro Could Launch By End of October

Apple might not hold a media event this month but it looks like the company does intend to launch the 16-inch MacBook Pro as soon as possible. Citing supply chain sources, DigiTimes says that Apple will launch the 16-inch MacBook Pro by the end of October with Quanta Computers already starting volume shipments of the device.

While the publication does have a sketchy track record, we have heard the October-end launch timeframe for the 16-inch MacBook Pro from multiple sources. Icons depicting the 16-inch MacBook Pro have also been found in the first two beta builds of macOS Catalina 10.15.1 suggesting that Apple is indeed working on them and that their launch is imminent.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro will come with smaller bezels surrounding its display which is what will allow Apple to fit a 16-inch display in a MacBook that’s no bigger than the existing 15-inch model. The new MacBook Pro is expected to feature Intel’s 9th gen Core processors along with AMD’s latest 7nm Navi GPUs. It will also mark the return of Apple’s scissor mechanism keyboard which has proven to be far more reliable than the butterfly mechanism keyboard found in existing MacBook Pro models. Rumors point to the model carrying a base price tag of $3,000 and sitting above the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Our Take

It would be a bit of an odd move from Apple to announce the 16-inch MacBook Pro without any media event. The company was widely expected to hold a media event in the last week of October where it would announce the 16-inch MacBook Pro alongside Apple Tags, 2019 iPad Pro, and iMac refresh. However, that seems very unlikely now as Apple is yet to send out press invites for any such event. Thus, if Apple does announce the 16-inch MacBook Pro next week, it will probably happen via a press release.

[Via DigiTimes]