For months now, the tech world has been aflutter with rumors of a brand-new, completely redesigned 16-inch MacBook Professional. However with every passing day it appears much less and fewer seemingly it’ll present its face in 2019. As the ultimate days of October are upon us, the window for Apple to launch a brand new product in time for the vacation buying season has closed.
However there’s extra reasoning to imagine it’s been delayed than simply hypothesis. The dearth of a 2019 launch is now backed up by a report from the pre-eminent Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
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The report, seen by MacRumors, states that Apple is engaged on a MacBook gadget with a scissor swap keyboard to exchange the troubled butterfly mechanism. In accordance with Kuo, this MacBook will launch in both the second or third quarter of 2020, probably giving it slot throughout the WWDC keynote. If that fails to materialize, it might as an alternative launch by way of a press launch in July 2020.
Kuo by no means explicitly claims that this gadget is the 16-inch MacBook — and it could be a special gadget. Nevertheless, there’s at the very least a clue within the report that we’ll have to attend till 2020 for the 16-inch MacBook Professional.
That clue lies with the touted scissor swap keyboard. We already know that the 16-inch MacBook Professional has been rumored to be coming with this all-new keyboard design, which is able to supposedly return the MacBook to the pre-2016 days of prolonged key journey and extra dependable swap designs. Apple has spent a lot of the previous few years making an attempt to salvage the butterfly mechanism, with various levels of success, and its final try was earlier in 2019.
Which means it’s solely been a couple of months since Apple was nonetheless attempting to save lots of the butterfly keyboard. It’s unlikely the corporate would have made these efforts if it already knew it was going to launch a very completely different swap design the identical yr. That alone urged redesigned MacBook Professional can be unlikely.
That concept is additional backed up by an earlier report from Kuo that got here out in mid-October 2019. Right here, the prediction mogul mentioned he anticipated the 16-inch gadget wouldn’t make an look till the primary quarter of 2020. That probably traces it up for a March particular occasion, which Apple has held throughout 4 of the previous 5 years. It’s an unorthodox time for Apple to launch a MacBook Professional, however a tool as radical as this one will seemingly get a flashy on-stage demo from Apple.
A 2020 launch would additionally permit Apple to implement a few of Intel’s upcoming Comet Lake H processors, which would offer an additional enhance of energy. If Apple had launched the 16-inch MacBook Professional this yr, it could characteristic the very same internals because the 15-inch MacBook Professional. That’s no enjoyable.
This story of delays and setbacks stands in stark distinction to the all-new Mac Professional, which seems set to make its debut any day now. Simply immediately it obtained FCC approval, suggesting an imminent launch.