TrendForce: 16-Inch MacBook Pro Will Hit Shelves This Fall

Apple's rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be released in the third quarter, aka early fall, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.

An excerpt from TrendForce's press release on notebook market share:
According to the 3Q outlook for notebook shipments, demand for Chromebooks remains strong thanks to the back-to-school period; at the same time, we see new products hitting shelves, such as Apple's 16-inch MacBook, Dell's products with 16:10 aspect ratio, Asus's dual-screen laptop, as well as various gaming laptops in increasingly hot demand.
The report describes the notebook as a 16-inch MacBook, but this very likely refers to the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌, as all other reports have indicated.

TrendForce is at least the fifth source to claim that a 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ is coming in the fall, alongside TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin, DigiTimes, and the Economic Daily News, but reports have been conflicting about a September or October release month.

In the fall, Apple typically unveils new Macs in October. The company has hosted Mac- or iPad-centric media events in October in five of the past seven years, including 2016 and 2018, allowing it to focus on the iPhone, Apple Watch, and sometimes the Apple TV and accessories at its September event.

The 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ will feature an all-new design, including a more reliable scissor mechanism keyboard, according to ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌. The notebook is also rumored to feature narrower bezels, perhaps allowing the 16-inch display to fit in a notebook with a similar physical size as the current 15-inch model.

Meanwhile, Jeff Lin believes the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ will feature a 3,072×1,920 resolution and be powered by Intel's 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh processors, suggesting the notebook will be configurable with up to an 8-core Core i9 processor in line with the latest 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌.

Last year, Apple hosted its Mac and iPad Pro event on October 30, so we could be two to three months away from the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ reveal.

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7 months ago
Here's to hoping for a return to the 2015-era MacBook Pros! Absolute perfection at the crossroads of design and utility.
Rating: 38 Votes
7 months ago
Here's hoping for a return of reasonable priced and speced machines.
Rating: 28 Votes
7 months ago
Here's hoping to easy access for user-replaceable SSD, RAM and battery.
Rating: 25 Votes
7 months ago
Here's hoping for a return to the scissor switch keyboard and a fond farewell to butterflies.
Rating: 22 Votes
7 months ago
Put a real Escape key on it and take my money!
Rating: 20 Votes
7 months ago
Featuring three headphone jacks, and no USB-C.

(Headphone-to-USB_C adapter sold separately.)
Rating: 15 Votes
7 months ago
Here is hoping for a return to thicker and properly cooled device.
Rating: 14 Votes
7 months ago
Let's hope it's not going to be a record-breaking price increase again. Looking forward to replace my maxed-out 2015 MBP 15".
Rating: 10 Votes
7 months ago

Here's hoping to easy access for user-replaceable SSD, RAM and battery.

Oh god not this still. It's never happening - forget it.
Rating: 10 Votes
7 months ago

Because it is getting more clear that it is a "macbook" rather than a "macbook pro".

How is that getting more clear? It will have up to a 8-core CPU. Are you saying it won't have a GPU?

I hope they have heavily modified the scissor switch keyboard and won't return to the 2015 wibbly-wobbly piece of cr&% of a keyboard. The butterfly is the best keyboard when it comes it typing, still disappointed they never released an external version. Would have replaced all my mechanical keyboards with it. Touchbar is a must, saves so much time. Problem is, there's no external version. 4x USB-C is fine. Hope it won't be bigger/thicker. All they really have to do is improve the screen/bezels and modify the cooling a little. But I'm afraid they have done more (and screwed it up).

As for price, 6 or 8 core machine, 32GB, 1TB drive and decent GPU for $4k to $4.5k is totally fine.

The term "Pro" is overrated. What is a pro? I've just ordered a $125k Dell box (20c/40t Xeon, 384GB RAM, 4x Nvidia V100 SMX2 with 32GB each) to do some basic computation, for more I use cloud services, because it's too expensive to buy. A laptop will never have enough processing power for heavy workloads, so one could argue if any mobile device can be pro. Then again, a person answering emails all day long can be a pro.
Rating: 9 Votes

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