DigiTimes: 16-Inch MacBook Pro to Launch by End of October With Ultra-Slim Bezels and Scissor Keyboard

Apple's widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be available by the end of October, suggesting that an announcement is imminent, according to supply chain sources cited by hit-or-miss industry publication DigiTimes.

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16-inch MacBook Pro concept by MacRumors

The report claims Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta Computer has already begun volume shipments of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which the supply chain sources expect to feature a more reliable scissor keyboard, an "ultra-thin bezel design," and Intel's latest Coffee Lake Refresh or Ice Lake processors, although Intel has yet to announce Ice Lake chips appropriate for a high-end MacBook Pro.

The slimmer bezels would result in the 16-inch MacBook Pro being around the same size as the existing 15-inch model despite having a larger display. IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin said the notebook's resolution will be 3,072x1,920 pixels.

Last week, icons depicting a MacBook Pro with slimmer bezels in Silver and Space Gray were uncovered in the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta, lending credence to an upcoming release. Both icons were created just over a week ago, have "16" in the filename, and reference an unreleased MacBookPro16,1 model.

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15-inch MacBook Pro icon on left, possible 16-inch MacBook Pro icon on right via MacGeneration

Apple's plans to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro were first revealed by Ming-Chi Kuo, who back in February said the notebook would be released in 2019. Kuo later said the notebook would be equipped with a scissor keyboard. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has also reported that the notebook is coming in 2019.

Apple is expected to position the 16-inch MacBook Pro at the high end of its notebook lineup, with existing 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models remaining available and following suit with scissor keyboards in 2020, according to Kuo.

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Top Rated Comments

MacFather Avatar
25 months ago
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Score: 103 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jaredlipsitz Avatar
25 months ago

Are you kidding me? Who in their right mind would buy this, let alone anyone here on the MacRumors forums has enough cash to buy this?
Just because you don’t have the cash, don’t assume no one does.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
acorntoy Avatar
25 months ago
Can we please just get this damn October event invitation already Apple?
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
25 months ago
$2999 starting price I estimate.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Grey Area Avatar
25 months ago

$2999 starting price I estimate.
Makes sense. It has been a common complaint about the iPhones of recent years that they cost as much as a laptop, or more. Now Apple will show us that they listen to their customers. ;)
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
acorntoy Avatar
25 months ago

Are you kidding me? Who in their right mind would buy this, let alone anyone here on the MacRumors forums has enough cash to buy this?
With the right upgraded internals I imagine a lot of people would bite at that price.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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