According to industry insiders, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be released by the end of the year, and the new machine will return to a more reliable scissor keyboard, “ultra-thin bezel design” and Intel’s latest Coffee Lake Refresh or Ice Lake processor. Following the discovery of the MacBook Pro16,1 model in macOS Catalina’s code base, foreign media have again found traces of the 16-inch MacBook Pro after digging deep.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro’s Touch ID/Power button will be separated from touch Bar, according to code that was mined by foreign media 9to5Mac from the latest macOS Catalina 10.15.1 release. On the current 15-inch MacBook Pro, the latter’s Touch ID button is integrated into the Touch Bar.
Here’s a comparison of the two resource files:
Based on previously leaked images, there are also indications that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a separate ESC key, which is an actual physical key and is no longer part of Touch Bar. This is not confirmed in today’s picture, but given that the Touch ID button is separate, it makes sense to separate the Esc keys.
Jeff Lin, an analyst at IHS Markit, said the notebook would have a resolution of 3072×1920 pixels. Despite the larger display, a narrower bezel will make the 16-inch MacBook Pro the same size as the existing 15-inch model. Apple’s plan to release the 16-inch MacBook Pro was first revealed by Ming-Chi Kuo, a prominent analyst who said in February that the notebook would be released in 2019, and Kuo later said it would be equipped with a scissor keyboard.
Apple is expected to position the 16-inch MacBook Pro at the top of its notebook portfolio, with existing 15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models still available and a full-scale switch to a scissor keyboard by 2020.