If the IHS Markit data is accurate, Apple will opt for a higher resolution screen going from the current 2,880 x 1,800 up to a 3,072 x 1,920 resolution LCD, not an OLED display, as had been previously rumoured, which is interesting as both Hewlett-Packard and Dell are reported to be moving to OLED displays on some of their 15.6-inch laptops. Another piece of evidence is a Taiwanese company, believed to be the only supplier for the 16â€ MBP backlight module, has just reported that their revenue to June was up by 14.7%, which is being taken as a sign that they are busy making parts for the latest MacBook Pro, with the same report quoted as saying that â€œthe new 16-inch MacBook Pro will be mass-produced in the fourth quarterâ€.
More evidence comes in the form of Apple registering seven unreleased Mac models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database in June, including A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182, and A2251, according to listings uncovered by MacRumors. Currently 3 of these new model numbers are yet to be taken up.
Another piece of the jigsaw is a report from the Economic Daily News report quoting Taiwanese supply chains, that Apple will launch the 16â€ MacBook Pro in October as well as appearing to confirm the 3,072 x 1,920 screen resolution and the high price, and that it is to be assembled by Quanta and Foxconn, although itâ€™s not clear whether some of this report is another source or a repeat of previous predictions by Ming-Chi Kuo and others.
OLED Displays Coming Soon
There are also suggestions that Apple will be changing over to OLED screens soon, although it doesnâ€™t look as though this will be in time for the October launch of the 16â€MBP as it has also been suggested that Apple is in talks with Samsung to procure its OLED screens for future MacBook Pros and iPads, to counteract the shortfall of take up for iPhone and iPad screens due to less than predicted sales of Apple devices.
With Apple dropping the last MBP without a touch bar, we can be pretty confident than the â€˜all-newâ€™ MBP will have a touch bar and it is also generally accepted than they will manage to get the 16â€ screen in the same form factor by reducing the size of the bezel, rather than increasing the size of the laptop.
It is also being suggested that this new MacBook Pro, which would have the largest screen for an Apple laptop since they retired the 17â€ MBP in 2012, would have the 9th generation H series mobile Intel processors, such as the Core i9-9980HK 8-core processor, which is already in the 2019 refresh of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Another question is what graphics card the new 16â€ model would get. It could be the same graphics card as in the May 2019 8-core 15.4-inch MacBook Pro configurable up to Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics with 4GB of HBM2 memory, or there are suggestions that it could be a future AMD Radeon RDNA (formerly codenamed “Navi”) but currently there is little detail on this card as AMD hasn’t specified what it will look like yet.