Apple will release a 16-inch MacBook Pro this year, a second analyst predicts – CNET

The 2018 MacBook Air.

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The last major design change in Apple’s MacBook Pro line came in 2016, when the company added a second Touch Bar display, a butterfly keyboard and a Space Grey color option. But 2019 will also see a major shakeup in the iconic laptop’s lineup, as industry analyst Jeff Lin predicts a new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

The report, obtained by Forbes, states that the laptop would feature an LG panel with 3,072×1,920 pixels and will go into mass production in September. Currently, Apple offers 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, in addition to its 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Air. It would be the first plus-sized laptop since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012.

Lin, who represents IHS Markit, is a display-industry analyst, thus the prediction being centered around screen specifications. In 2012 he correctly predicted a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and IHS in recent years were proven right when it said the unnamed iPhone X would feature a flat OLED screen and 2017’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro would rock a 2,224×1,668-pixel display. 

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Over the years many of Lin’s Apple predictions have come true. In 2012 he correctly predicted a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and in 2017 he correctly predicted Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro getting a 2,224×1,668-pixel display.

His latest prediction also corroborates a February prediction made by Ming-Chi Kuo, who over the years has proven to be something of an Apple Nostradamus. Kuo said Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPads and a 31-inch 6K monitor. That 31-inch 6K monitor, we found out earlier in June, is the Pro Display XDR.


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