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Images of 16-inch MacBook Pro reportedly in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2

Alleged 16-inch MacBook Pro image in macOS 10.15.1 Catalina beta 2

A reference to a "MacBook Pro 16,1" and images in the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta suggest that the long-rumored refresh and new size of the MacBook Pro is coming relatively soon.

Rumors about the 16-inch MacBook Pro have been circulating since early 2019. However, images said to be of the new model have appeared in the latest beta for macOS Catalina.

Reader Maxime from French-language MacGeneration discovered the images, as well as the 16,1 designation. As pointed out by the publication, the images are very slightly different in bezel size and space around the speakers than those for the 15-inch MacBook Pro currently in use.

15-inch MacBook Pro in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2
15-inch MacBook Pro in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2

While the publication claims that the 16 in the 16,1 designation means that it a 16-inch model, that number has incremented over the years and doesn't mean anything in regards to size. For example, the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro was designated the MacBook Pro 13,3. Apple retained the 15,1 through 15,4 designations for the MacBook Pro line for 2018 into 2019, as it does on occasion between updates.

Production of the 16-inch MacBook Pro has reportedly already begun. Rumors suggest the laptop was designed by Apple's pro product team, the same group that worked on the upcoming Mac Pro. If true, the Pro could benefit from custom hardware specifically designed to handle professional applications.

Rumors also suggest that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by an refresh of Intel's Coffee Lake-H mobile processor series. Apple currently relies on Coffee Lake-H silicon to power its 15-inch MacBook Pro lineup. A 96W USB-C power adapter is said to be included, and a new scissor-switch mechanism for the keyboard is predicted as well.

Pricing is expected to exceed $3000 for the unit.

AppleInsider cannot verify the presence or authenticity of the images at this time. The image on the screen is from OS X dating back to over a decade ago.