References to Apple’s much-rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro have been uncovered in the first two betas of macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, which has been in testing for the last week or so.
A questionable report today suggests that French blog MacGeneration has somehow discovered the renderings of a 16-inch MacBook Pro hidden in the beta of macOS Catalina. The find was reported with some skepticism by MacRumors, as a possible clue to Apple’s much-rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro.
More specifically, it’s the code snippets in its first two macOS Catalina betas that mention the device. That’s not all, as the code even contains the icons of the new laptop. These look a lot like the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which means the next generation will not get a major facelift, even though the display size would increase to increase to 16 inches when measured diagonally.
The new graphics are buried in the macOS resources library, where they’re named “com.apple.macbookpro-16-silver.icns” and referred to as the MacBook Pro16,1. There are both Silver and Space Gray versions. There’s some uncertainty, however, as to whether they refer to the 2019 MacBook Pro 15 refresh, since the “16” in the name is used by Apple to refer to series changes rather than screen sizes specifically.
Apple is widely expected to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro this year. Apart from packing a bigger and higher resolution display, it is also expected to feature AMD’s new 7nm Navi GPUs which offer better performance and power efficiency. It will also make use of Intel’s 9th generation Core processors and can be reportedly configured with up to an 8-core CPU.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is also expected to feature a scissor-switch keyboard, which will reportedly be more reliable than the current butterfly keyboards, as well as a powerful 96W USB-C charger.