A new model of MacBook Pro with a larger 16 to 16.5-inch display and an “all-new design” has been tipped for launch, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Writing in Sunday’s note to clients, obtained by AppleInsider, the analyst predicted that the notebook would get positioned at hardcore gamers, pro designers and the like.
“Three all-new design products, including the 16 to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro targeted at professional designers, gaming users, etc,” reads the reference in Kuo’s note. The memo adds that Apple might add a 32GB RAM option to the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
A 16-inch MacBook Pro would surely file as the company’s largest-screened notebook since the discontinuation of the seventeen-inch MacBook Pro back in 2012.
I just have a hard time believing Apple would position this thing as a gaming machine.
Look, we all know that gaming on Mac computers really takes a backseat to DirectX and Nvidia-powered games on Windows. On top of that, Apple’s GPU choices are severely limited as of late because its management doesn’t seem to want Nvidia support in macOS.
But I digress, back to screen size.
A 16-inch notebook may initially seem like an odd choice, but there are many notebooks of that size in the PC world. As a matter of fact, 14 to 16-inch displays seem to be a sweet spot in terms of readability, portability, resolution and screen real estate.
I don’t think these upcoming new notebooks will be physically larger than the current lineup because the discontinued 17-incher was way too massive. I recently got a 15-inch MacBook Pro and it’s awesome but I wish I could shrink the bezels further.
Don’t get me wrong, the Pro’s bezels aren’t event close to the comically fat bezels on the previous MacBook Air. That said, I do see one area for improvement in that regard.
In my personal opinion—and this dovetails nicely with to Kuo’s “all-new design” theme—Apple will pull an iPad Pro to give the next MacBook Pro a lot skinnier bezels on all sides so it could enrage the screen by an inch or so without changing the notebook’s size too much.
Just like that awesome LG Gram laptop pictured in this post.