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16-inch MacBook Pro release, MacBook Air updates predicted for September

Apple could ship the rumored 16-inch version of the MacBook Pro this fall, analysts at IHS Markit believe, with the upgraded size tipped to have a high-resolution 3072-by-1920 pixel display, though not one that uses OLED technology.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro


There have been some suggestion over the last few months that Apple is planning to reintroduce larger sizes of MacBook Pro, with a 16-inch model dwarfing the current largest 15-inch model. According to information obtained from IHS Markit, the model will be unveiled during September's usual iPhone event, if no development issues occur.

The model is described as having a "new display size" of 16 inches, will run macOS Catalina, and have a new processor powering it, reports Forbes, though it is not advised what specification of processor to expect. Demand for the model is predicted to be in the region of approximately 250,000 units per month.

Also predicted by IHS Markit is a processor upgrade for the MacBook Air, and to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys.

The IHS Markit data does slightly go against previously reported information, as while the screen has a resolution of 3072 by 1920, the technology driving the display is said to be TFT-LCD supplied by LG Display. One May report indicated Apple was considering using OLED panels in the model, supplied by Samsung. IHS Markit does not have an established track record for predicting Apple's future product plans.

Famed TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculated about the 16-inch model in February, with a 2019 launch touted for the model which may be targeted at designers and those working in video production. One regulatory filing with the EEC in mid-June revealed seven MacBook model numbers were registered for use, which could suggest multiple different changes to the MacBook family lineup are in the works.