Apple has been rumored to be working with a reliable keyboard on a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro, but may not be overhauled as people would expect. An icon that appeared first in last week’s macOS 10.15.1 beta 1 and remains in beta 2 may be a hint of what to expect.
The icon was first published by MacGeneration to represent the actual computer used when browsing the Displays list on macOS in System Preferences, which is why the wallpaper is pure throwback.
At a glance, the device icon’s MacBook Pro is not radically different from the current MacBook Pro machines on the market— at least from what we see in the image. The ratio of black bezel to screen seems to be improving over the current MacBook Pro 13.3-and 15.4-inch.
Exactly how the display portrayed measurements, which ports can be found on either side and any other hardware specifications is unclear. The icon can be found in either versions of silver or space gray.
Apart from screen difference and body size, the machine shown in the image seems to be a larger version of the latest MacBook Pro family design which debuted in 2016.
Apart from reports on the supply chain, there have been plenty of rumors about what to expect from a new 16-inch MacBook Pro including keyboard layout changes and a physical escape key that connects the touch bar. Overall, this year’s desire for a new design as we saw between 2012 and 2016 might just not be in the cards— something that Digitimes reported.
What could this mean for a case in Apple? With press reviews and an Apple Newsroom update, a higher-end MacBook Pro with a rumored $3,000 starting price could be released. But, almost nobody would know about another Apple case!
As for the timing, it appears that macOS 10.15.1 is the version of macOS Catalina that will target this MacBook Pro, although the icon appearing now does not indicate that the actual release is not planned for a much later date.