Ming-Chi Kuo now thinks 16-inch MacBook redesign won't come until 2021
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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo got the Apple crowd excited with news of the potential launch of an all-new MacBook Pro this year with a 16-inch display. Unfortunately, Kuo has released a new investor note indicating that he believes it now won’t launch until the first half of 2021. Kuo didn’t add any details as to why that might be the case, but the current MacBook Pro design was introduced as recently as 2016 – given Apple’s penchant for hanging on to designs for as long as possible, a 2021 launch date for an all-new design does seem more realistic.
Undoubtedly, at the top of the list for Apple fans will be the introduction of a reliable keyboard design. Once known for making the best computer hardware on the market, Apple has created a singular problem entirely of its own making with the introduction of its custom (but faulty) butterfly keyboard mechanism, first seen on the 12-inch MacBook in 2015. Now in its third generation some three to four years later, Apple recently admitted that even the latest iteration continues to suffer from the same reliability issues plaguing the first two generations of the design.
Also pushed back in Kuo’s latest forecast is a new 10.2-inch iPad. This too might not see the light of day until late 2020 or early 2021. Conversely, Kuo still expects Apple to ship a 31.6-inch 6K monitor sometime this year that – this has been rumored to accompany an all-new Mac Pro design. However, Kuo didn’t have any more details about the new Mac Pro or when it might ship.