Apple is ramping up production of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, according IHS Markit.
The MacBook Pro should be in production this month, according to a recent email from IHS Markit’s Jeff Lin, citing recent supply chain information. Lin had provided more data in a series of prior emails (outlined below) as has analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The new MacBook Pro is expected to become the apex of Apple's MacBook lineup.
Here's what to expect.
It's likely that Apple will drop the 16-inch display into the same chassis as the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. So, consumers will essentially be getting the same 15.4-inch chassis with a bigger display and smaller bezels. Apple may end-of-life the 15.4-inch model, Lin said in an earlier email.
Apple will opt for a 3,072-by-1,920 resolution LCD — not an AMOLED display, at least on the model specified by IHS Markit. The current 15.4-inch MBP has a 2,880-by-1,800-pixel resolution or 220 pixels per inch. Apple will increase the resolution on the 16-inch MBP to 227 PPI, the same as the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Retina MacBook Air, according to Lin.
Apple may adopt the same Intel Coffee Lake-H Refresh processors used in the current 15.4-inch MBP, according to an earlier email from Lin. The fastest of the fast is the Core i9-9880H Processor (launched in the second quarter of this year), which has a base frequency of 2.40 GHz and a max Turbo Boost frequency of 5 GHz and packs 8 cores.
The current 15.4-inch MBP is configurable up to Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory. It's unclear whether Apple will upgrade to more powerful graphics.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed that Apple would introduce a new scissor switch keyboard on a 2019 MacBook Air* (which will purportedly offer better durability and key travel). Will the 16-inch MacBook Pro get the new keyboard? We’ll see.
Whether the September production start translates to an October or November release — or even earlier — is unclear.
The 16-inch MBP will likely be Apple's premier MacBook. Some configurations could reflect the current 15.4-inch MBP lineup.
The mid-2019 15.4-inch MBP starts at an MSRP of $2,399.99 with a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 six-core processor, 16GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
A fully-loaded 15.4-inch MBP is $5,149. That comes with 32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory, 4TB of storage, Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory, and a 2.4 GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 5 GHz.