16-inch MacBook Pro: What you need to know about Apple’s laptop

For the first time in nearly a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro may be on the way. Rumors have been ramping up for months regarding a brand new 16-inch flagship notebook, expanding Apple’s laptop lineup beyond the 13- and 15-inch models its been selling since 2012. Here’s everything we know so far.

It’s here: 16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple revealed the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro in November of 2019. To learn more about the laptop, click on an article below.

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The latest rumor: Touch Bar and Touch ID

According to a report by 9to5Mac, the macOS 10.15.1 update contains an image that shows that the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has a separate Touch ID button that sits next to the Touch Bar. Earlier reports said that the laptop also has a dedicated Escape key.

DigiTimes (which has a shaky reputation with its reports) said that Apple’s rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be available by the end of October. DigiTimes said that Quanta Computer has begun production of the laptop to Apple. Since we’re near the end of October, it looks like we’re looking at a much later ship date.

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Is this image from macOS 10.15.1 beta 2 the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro?

A report from the French website MacGeneration found images of a laptop that looks a little different from Apple’s current offerings. Could this be the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro?

Display

Obviously, a 16-inch MacBook Pro would represent the biggest Apple laptop since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was retired in June 2012. While we’re holding out a sliver of hope for the first MacBook with an OLED display, Apple will likely stick with LCD for the 16-inch model, reportedly sticking with the same True Tone Retina panel and bumping the resolution slightly to 3072×1920.

Design

With the first new size in eight years, it seems likely that Apple will also usher in a new MacBook design to go with it. Way back in February, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the new model would have an “all-new design,” so we’re inclined to believe him, especially since his other two rumors at the time—a modular Mac Pro and a 31.5-inch display—were on the money.

But there have been few details about what that might mean. We’d love to see the latest DigiTimes report of bezels as thin as the iPad Pro come true—which would still leave room for Face ID—as well rounded display corners and a trimmer and lighter chassis. And while we’re dreaming, we wouldn’t be opposed to the return of the light-up Apple logo either, but we’re not holding our breath for that.