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New 16-inch MacBook Pro now expected to debut this week

A leaked render of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro shows redesigned Touch Bar with separated Touch ID button.
A leaked render of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro shows redesigned Touch Bar with separated Touch ID button.
Speculation about the arrival of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has started to reach fever pitch following rumors that Apple is already previewing the device with some members of the press. If true, this would typically mean a launch for the new model by mid-week this week.
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Long suffering MacBook Pro fans might finally have something to cheer about this week with a report suggesting that it could launch as soon as the middle of this week. The device has been rumored to be in production, but a launch date hadn’t been pinpointed until now. According to 9to5Mac, Apple started previewing the new 16-inch model to certain members of the press this week suggesting that its launch is imminent.

The 16-inch form factor, up in size from the traditional 15-inch form factor suggested that the new model could bring an all-new design, but early indications are that it will simply be a refinement of the existing design – at least aesthetically. Rather, Apple will effectively cram in a 16-inch display in something approaching a similar chassis size to the current 15-inch model, thereby reducing the bezel of the display.

Superficially, the Touch Bar will also change to separate the Touch ID button from the main strip while Apple will also reintroduce a dedicated ESC key, which is a noted frustration of the switch to a software-based key in the current Touch Bar design. Most importantly, however, Apple will finally ditch the disastrous butterfly keyboard mechanism it introduced several years ago for a more traditional scissor switch mechanism that is far more reliable and proven.

A ‘soft launch’ through a press-release, rather than a media event to mark the launch of the new 16-inch model also makes sense for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the design isn’t expected to be radically different from the existing lineup. Secondly, Apple isn’t going to want to draw special attention to the keyboard design in a televised forum that is likely to result in wry cheers and claps from an audience completely over the butterfly keyboard debacle.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1291 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-11-12 (Update: 2019-11-12)