Apple is working on releasing a brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro this September. The new MacBook Pro is expected to have a brand new design and an LCD display with a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920 pixels. This would make it the highest resolution MacBook ever in Apple’s product lineup.
This bit of news comes from research firm IHS Markit’s Emerging PC Market Tracker report, shared by Forbes. IHS Markit has a good track record with reporting on Apple products. Their report claims that Apple will be using a TFT-LCD display panel, instead of an OLED display, as per previous reports. The display will be supplied by LG Display and Apple expects to move around 250k units/month after launch in September.
Apple has never shipped a 16-inch MacBook Pro before, however the company used to sell a 17-inch model in the past. Such huge machines are not really portables that you can easily carry around but rather moveable workstations. The 3,072 x 1,920 display in these new machines will not be 4K but a little above 3K. The display aspect ratio would be 1.6, which is the same as the current 15-inch MacBook Pro.
What could Apple do to make the new 16-inch beast appealing to customers? The 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro is already a monster. It supports up to an 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, which makes it 40% faster than the previous generation. The new machines have also gotten rid of the throttling issues that plagued 2018 models. However, there are a few areas where Apple might be looking to make major changes:
- All new bezel-less design. In 2019, MacBook Pros still have larger bezels than competitors.
- An enclosure that allows for better processor and GPU cooling. Let’s face it, nobody likes a laptop that heats up easily.
- A better keyboard. Even though Apple claims to have fixed issues with Butterfly keyboards, again, the design will forever be remembered as a flawed one. It is time for Apple to forget about making keyboards thinner and go back to reliable and beloved keyboards. I enjoy typing on my iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard more than typing on my 12-inch MacBook or 15-inch MacBook Pro keyboards, which says a lot about Butterfly keyboards.
One thing is for sure, Apple will be making an expensive new machine to launch their bigger MacBook redesign in years. There is no reason to believe that it will have a competitive price, specially when it will be launching with a number of new features.