16-inch MacBook Pro and 32-inch 6K display this year.
Apple releases new 16-inch MacBook Pro and 32-inch 6K display this year.
Apple is planning a "new" MacBook Pro design for this year, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said in a research note obtained by Macrumors.
The lineup is reportedly headlined by a model with a 16-inch to 16.5-inch display, which would make it the largest display in a Mac notebook, as 17-inch models stopped being sold in 2012.
Kuo says the lineup may also include a 13-inch model with support for 32GB of RAM; at this time only the 15-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with that much memory.
An entirely new design would be a bit surprising, as Apple only released the first Touch bar models in late 2016, more than four years after the previous retina display models were introduced. On the other hand, this design has not been universally popular, with the keyboard coming in for widespread criticism for both its feel and its unreliability.
Apple has adjusted the keyboard in each subsequent specification bundle, but may require a more complete solution.
It's going to be a big year for new Mac hardware.
Kuo also believes that the long-awaited new Mac Pro will come this year with "easy-to-upgrade components," although Apple itself has already said as much. More interestingly, Kuo has the first credible details of the external monitor that will mark Apple's return to the professional display market.
It's said to be a 31.6-inch 6K display with a "Mini LED-like backlight design." Apple discontinued its last display, the Thunderbolt Display, back in 2016; at this point the best option for owners of newer Macs is the Apple-sanctioned but imperfect 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K.
Kuo's report has more information on this year's iPhone and iPad lineups, too, as well as accessories like the new AirPods and long-lasting AirPower charging mat ? Find out more here.