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16-Inch MacBook Pro Launch Still Possible in 2019 as Apple Reportedly Receiving Shipments Later This Quarter

Oct 31, 2019
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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro launch date continues to confuse our readers and with countless reports stating it would launch in October, there are just a few hours remaining for November to start. Still, a new wave of information claims that an unveiling is still possible in 2019, as Apple is working closely with its supply partners.

No 16-Inch MacBook Pro Launch Date in Sight but Taiwanese-Based Supplier Said to Be the Key Supplier

A new report from DigiTimes states that Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro will have an ultra-thin bezel and volume shipments will begin in the fourth quarter, with Quanta Computer said to be the main supplier. Unfortunately, there’s no concrete release date surrounding the 16-inch MacBook Pro launch so it looks like we’ll have to look around during November or December. Previously, a report talking about a new MacBook model with a scissor switch keyboard launching in mid-2020 was detailed by well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Sadly, it wasn’t specified if the 16-inch MacBook Pro was this particular model and whether it would be delayed or arrive on schedule.

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From what we’ve heard so far, Apple’s latest notebook is also said to feature a scissor switch keyboard, along with a slightly different Touch Bar and Touch ID design compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. However, readers should be notified in advance that just because Apple will receive volume shipments of its latest and greatest notebook in this quarter, doesn’t mean a 16-inch MacBook Pro launch will happen this year.

It’s possible the unveiling is delayed next year as Apple may accumulate a significant number of notebook units ahead of the U.S. government’s proposed 15 percent import tariff.

What About the 16-Inch MacBook Pro’s Specifications?

While we know Intel has yet to officially launch it’s 10nm Ice Lake processors for various partners, a previous report stated that the 16-inch MacBook Pro specifications will include a 9th-generation Coffee Lake chips, which can be configured up to a powerful 8-core beast. Hopefully, Apple will improve the thermal design in the MacBook Pro’s chassis considerably so users can take advantage of the powerful internals. A separate leak claims that the upcoming laptop will also get a powerful 96W USB-C charger and that it should be available in two colors, Silver and Space Gray.

Due to all these changes, and possibly more, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is expected to cost more, with more rumor stating that it could start from $3000. Of course, we still hope that a 16-inch MacBook Pro launch takes place this year, so we can relay all the important details to our readers in a timely manner. For now, treat this report with a pinch of salt and we’ll be back with more coverage.

Source: DigiTimes

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