A reference to a "MacBook Pro 16.1" and images in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta suggests that the long rumored update and the new size of the MacBook Pro are coming relatively soon.
Alleged 16-inch MacBook Pro image Pro image in macOS 10.15.1 Catalina beta 2
Rumors of the 16-inch MacBook Pro has been circulating since the beginning of 2019. But images that are said to be of the new model have appeared in the latest macOS beta.
Reader Maxime from French-speaking MacGeneration discovered the images as well as the 16.1 designation. As pointed out by the publication. The images are very different in terms of strip size and space around the speakers than those of the 15-inch MacBook Pro currently used.
15-inch MacBook Pro in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2
While the publication claims that 16 in the 16.1 designation means that it is a 16-inch model, the number has increased over the years and does not matter to size. For example, the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2016 was named MacBook Pro 13.3. Apple retained the 15.1 to 15.4 ratings for the 2018 to 2019 MacBook Pro line, as it sometimes does between the updates.
The production of the 16-inch MacBook Pro has reportedly already begun. Rumors suggest that the laptop was designed by Apple's Pro Product Group, the same group that worked on the upcoming Mac Pro. If true, Pro can take advantage of custom hardware specially designed to handle professional applications.
Rumors also suggest that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by an update to Intel's Coffee Lake-H mobile processor series. Apple is currently relying on Coffee Lake-H silicon to power its 15-inch MacBook Pro range. A 96W USB-C AC adapter is said to be included, and a new scissor switch mechanism for the keyboard is also foreseen.
Pricing is expected to exceed $ 3000 for the unit.
AppleInsider cannot currently verify the presence or authenticity of the images. The image on the screen is from OS X dating back over a decade ago.