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5 Reasons to Wait for the MacBook Pro 16 & 2 Reasons Not To

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Should I wait for the MacBook Pro 16 release date to upgrade, or should I buy a 2019 MacBook Pro today? This is a question I’m hearing from a lot of potential buyers and that I’ve been asking myself for the last month. This is what I’ve learned and what you need to know if you are thinking about waiting for the 16-inch MacBook Pro before you upgrade to a new Mac.

For months we’ve heard rumors of a new MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display, a new keyboard, and a new design. Rumors now settle on a fall release. With the macOS Catalina release date in October, we could see it arrive then. Now that we know more about what you can expect, we have a better idea about why you should wait for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and why you shouldn’t wait.

Your options right now are to buy a 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro, both of which have been updated or a 2015 MacBook Pro. If you are looking for a larger screen, the only real options are to look at MacBook Pro alternatives or wait for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The 17-inch MacBook Pro is too old to consider as an option.

Here are the reasons to wait for the MacBook Pro 16;

  1. Wait for a Larger Screen
  2. Wait for a New Keyboard
  3. Wait for More Power
  4. Wait for a New Design
  5. Wait a Few Weeks

And, here are a few reasons you shouldn’t wait;

  1. Don’t Wait if You Aren’t Ready to Spend
  2. Don’t Wait if You Need a MacBook Pro Today

MacBook Pro 16 Rumors

The MacBook Pro 16 release date is reportedly coming in 2019. Signs point to a fall release date, likely in October. That’s not too long to wait, and it certainly looks like a plausible release window alongside the macOS Catalina update. The latest IHS report shared on Forbes says that production starts in September, which lines up with an October MacBook Pro release date.

Signs point to a larger screen, which could be a 16.5-inch display or a 16-inch display depending on the rumor. This would allow Apple to add up to an inch of diagonal screen real estate without making the MacBook Pro much bigger. If Apple is able to shrink the bezels this could still be quite portable. The screen could offer a 3,072 x 1,920 resolution.

That same Forbes report claims the 16-inch MacBook Pro will use the Intel Coffee Lake H mobile processors that Intel announced recently and that are in the current 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

Ming-Chi Kou believes Apple is planning to announce the new MacBook Pro in Q4 with a new Scissor Mechanism for the keyboard. Apple is currently using a Butterfly switch in MacBooks that users are not happy with and that is currently part of a repair program.

With a new keyboard and display size, it makes sense that we could see a new overall design for the MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display. Kou suggests that Apple plans to sell this larger screen MacBook Pro in addition to the 13-inch and 15-inch models. A new report from IHS contradicts this, claiming Apple will discontinue the 15-inch MacBook Pro when the 16-inch arrives.

Wait for a Larger Screen

Wait for a Larger Screen

The MacBook Pro 16 will feature a larger screen, that is anywhere from 16-inches to 16.5-inches. 

Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 15.4-inch display, so even a jump to 16-inches will offer a noticeable upgrade to screen real estate. 

A report from IHS Markit suggests Apple will use a 16-inch display with a 3,072 x 1,920 resolution, while Ming-Chi Kou's reports focus on a 16 to a 16.5-inch display. 

This upgrade would allow users to do more on the go and would pair up well with the Side Car feature on iPadOS 13 to deliver more screen real estate and mobile productivity. 

Pair this up with the ability to use your iPad as a second display and you're going to be ready for a ton of mobile productivity this fall. 

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  1. Parker Young

    08/22/2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for this info! My older MacBook Pro was stolen last week. I’m working on a borrowed computer for now, calculating whether I can and should hold out for a new 16″. Hoping it’s available soon! Seems worth it for me.

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