16-Inch MacBook Pro Possibly Referenced in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta

Icons possibly depicting the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro have been uncovered by French blog MacGeneration in the first two betas of macOS Catalina version 10.15.1, which has been in testing since last week.

The icon looks similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro asset that is included in previous versions of macOS, but with slightly thinner bezels. The notebook is depicted in both Silver and Space Gray, with "16" in both filenames presumably referring to the larger 16-inch display expected for the rumored machine.

16 inch macbook pro macos 10 15 1

MacRumors can confirm the files exist in the second beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.1:

macbookpro 161 folder
The icons also have a corresponding MacBookPro16,1 model identifier that Apple has never used. The latest 15-inch MacBook Pro has a MacBookPro15,1 identifier, according to a support document on Apple's website.

Earlier this year, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple is readying a 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design, including the return of a more reliable scissor mechanism keyboard, for release by the end of 2019. However, it is unclear if the notebook is still planned for this year or has been pushed back to 2020.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is rumored to feature narrower bezels, as the icons above suggest, perhaps allowing the larger display to fit in a notebook with a similar physical size as the current 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the 15-inch MacBook Pro icon (left) with the icon uncovered today (right):

15 vs 16 macbook pro icon

Image: MacGeneration

IHS Markit analyst 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.

Related Roundup: 14 & 16" MacBook Pro
Related Forum: MacBook Pro

Top Rated Comments

pookitoo Avatar
34 months ago
the designers at apple are on strike
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IRockThat828pScreen Avatar
34 months ago
WHERE
IS
MY
OCTOBER
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Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mayo86 Avatar
34 months ago
I don't think these are place holder images. If you go to the link in the article to the source website, there is a side-by-side comparison of the 2. You can clearly see there is a difference between models in their bezels.

Further, if you look at the keyboards... it looks like the 16 inch one doesn't have a Touch Bar. Look at the side by side image on the top row of keys where it is flat and smooth in the 15 inch, and the 16 inch looks like keys. Or at least, it looks like there is an escape key separate from the Touch Bar as well as a separate Power Button.

If you can't see it, here it is zoomed up. Thanks MS Paint.

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Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shanson27 Avatar
34 months ago
Hmm same bezels ?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shanson27 Avatar
34 months ago
I was expected something more radical, a whole new design.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dan9700 Avatar
34 months ago
still same bezels just slightly smaller at the top, this isn't what I expected
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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