For the first time in almost a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro may be on the way. Rumors have been going on for months about a brand new 16-inch flagship notebook, extending Apple's laptop series beyond the 13- and 15-inch models it has sold since 2012. Here's everything we know so far.
The latest rumor: 9th-generation Intel Core processor
MacRumors reports that IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin says Apple will use ninth-generation Intel Core processors in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Codenamed Coffee Lake, the processor has a 2.4 GHz base clock speed, Turbo Boost of up to 5.0 GHz, and supports up to eight cores.
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When it comes to Intel's upcoming 10th-generation Ice Generator processor, it won't be on Windows PCs until the end of this year – Apple always follows a few months behind. Macworld's Jason Cross recently wrote about the tenth generation Intel Core processor and what to expect for Mac.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Display
It is clear that a 16-inch MacBook Pro would represent the largest Apple laptop since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was retired in June 2012. While we hold out a small hope for the first MacBook with an OLED display, Apple will likely stick with the LCD for 16-inch model, reportedly sticking with the same True Tone Retina panel and pushing the resolution slightly to 3072×1920.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Design  With the first new size in eight years, it seems likely that Apple will also launch a new MacBook design to accompany it. Already in February, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the new model would have a "completely new design", so we tend to believe him, especially since his two other rumors at the time – a modular Mac Pro and a 31.5 tone display – was on the money.
But there have been few details of what that might mean. We would like to see the latest DigiTimes report on the frames as thin as the iPad Pro, which will allow for Face ID – as well as rounded screen corners and a trimmer and lighter chassis. And while we're dreaming, we wouldn't be opposed to returning the illuminated Apple logo either, but we're not holding our breath for that.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Keyboard
The MacBook keyboard has been a source of headaches, hand cramps and hatred, and rumor has it that Apple has finally got the message. After trying to fix the butterfly keyboard several times over recent MacBook releases, Kuo predicts that Apple will abandon the mechanism it introduced in 2015 in favor of the more traditional scissors mechanism. He reports that the new mechanism will use "a fiberglass for a reinforced structure" and will likely be thicker than the existing keyboard, but we're willing to bet that no one will notice or care – as long as it's quieter, more durable , and will not be stung by a stain of dust.
One thing is for sure with the new MacBooks keyboard, however: Touch Bar will be the default. Apple's recent 13-inch MacBook Pro update eliminated the only non-Touch Bar Pro, so there's no turning back now. For better or worse, the touchpad is here to stay.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Processor and Specifications
The current 15-inch MacBook Pro offers a 2.4GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, which is quite close to Intel's top line. We expect the 16-inch MacBook Pro to at least match it and maybe even squeeze out a few more megahertz.
Apple may choose a higher base configuration of graphics cards, but it is likely that Radeon Pro Vega 16 and 20 will remain as BTO options, so that the entry price does not enter the stratosphere. The same goes for RAM and storage, which will probably be 16 GB and 512 GB respectively, with options to go much higher.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Ports
Apple has determined that four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports are the standard for a pro machine, and that is unlikely to change. Do not expect return of an SD card slot or USB-A port. Let's just hope Apple doesn't decide to dump the headphone jack.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Price and Availability  Apple MacBook Pro laptops are not cheap. The 13-inch version starts at $ 1,199, while the 15-inch doesn't come cheaper than $ 2,249. We've heard rumors that the 16-inch model will start as high as $ 2,999, according to Economic Daily News, and we wouldn't be surprised at all if that is the case.
Consider this: the most expensive non-BTO 13-inch MacBook Pro is $ 1,899, leaving $ 350 between it and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Meanwhile, the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro tops $ 2,599 before any options. Apple on the same scale and you're at $ 2,949. So if you want one, you should probably start saving now. The new laptop is expected to launch sometime in the fourth quarter, probably in mid-October.