For the first time in almost a decade, a brand new MacBook Pro can be on its way. Rumors have been going on for months on a brand new 16-inch flagship laptop, expanding Apple's portable PC series beyond the 13- and 15-inch models it has been selling since 2012. Here's all we know so far.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Display
Obviously, a 16-inch MacBook Pro would represent the largest Apple notebook since the 17-inch MacBook Pro retired in June 2012. While holding out a little hope for the first MacBook with an OLED Apple will probably stick with the LCD for the 16-inch model, reportedly sticking with the same True Tone Retina panel and bump the resolution slightly to 3072
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 keep up with it. Already in February, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the new model would have a "brand new design", so we tend to believe in him, especially since his other two rumors at that time – a modular Mac Pro and a 31.5 -tone screen – was on the money.
But there have been few details about what that can mean. We would like to see the latest DigiTimes report on the frames as thin as the iPad Pro, which will accommodate Face ID – as well as rounded corner corners and a trimmer and lighter chassis. And while we're dreaming, we wouldn't be opposed to the illuminated Apple logo coming back, but we're not breathing for it.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Keyboard
The MacBook keyboard has been a source of headache, handshake and hatred, and the rumor has it that Apple has finally received the message. After trying to fix the butterfly keyboard several times over recent MacBook releases, Kuo predicts that Apple will leave the mechanism it introduced in 2015 in favor of the more traditional scissor mechanism. He reports that the new mechanism will use "a fiberglass for a reinforced structure" and is likely to be thicker than the existing keyboard, but we are willing to bet that no one will notice or bother – as long as it is calmer, more durable and will not be drenched by a stain of dust.
One thing is certain with the new MacBook's keyboard, however: Touch Bar will be standard. Apple's recent 13-inch MacBook Pro update eliminated the only non-Touch Bar Pro, so there's no way back now. For better or worse, the touch pad is here to stay.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Processor and Specifications
The current 15-inch MacBook Pro offers a 2.4GHz 8-core 9-generation Intel Core i9 processor, which is quite close to Intel's top line. We expect that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will at least match it and maybe even squeeze out a few more megahertz.
Apple may choose a higher base graphics configuration, 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 are likely to be 16 GB and 512 GB respectively, with options much higher.
16-inch MacBook Pro: Ports
Apple has decided that four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports are the standard for a pro machine and it will hardly change. Do not expect to return 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's MacBook Pro notebooks are not cheap. The 13-inch version starts at $ 1,199, while the 15-inch doesn't get cheaper than $ 2,249. We have heard rumors that the 16-inch model will start as high as $ 2,999, according to the Economic Daily News, and we wouldn't be surprised if that's the case.
Think about 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 advanced 15-inch MacBook Pro tops $ 2,599 before some 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 once in the fourth quarter, probably mid-October.