According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, Apple’s all-new ’16-inch MacBook’ will hit the shelves in the third quarter of this year, MacRumors is reporting. The rumoured notebook is expected to feature an all-new design and will likely replace the longstanding 15.4-inch MacBook Pro model.
“According to the 3Q outlook for notebook shipments, demand for Chromebooks remains strong thanks to the back-to-school period; at the same time, we see new products hitting shelves, such as Apple’s 16-inch MacBook, Dell’s products with 16:10 aspect ratio, Asus’s dual-screen laptop, as well as various gaming laptops in increasingly hot demand.”
Joining earlier reports from the likes of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin, DigiTimes, and the Economic Daily News, the latest claim from TrendForce suggests that the rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro is indeed releasing this fall, most probably in September or October.
The upcoming notebook is believed to ship with Intel Coffee Lake-H Refresh processors and will enter mass production next month. It is also rumoured to sport narrower bezels in order to allow the 16-inch display to fit in a notebook with a similar physical size as the current 15-inch model.
An earlier report has claimed that the switch to a 16-inch-class display will not affect the size of the MacBook Pro.