We've been hearing that Apple will totally switch up its MacBook Pro lineup with a new 16-inch model, potentially replacing the 15-inch version that's been sold for many years. 

Earlier this year, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually spot-on with his wide-reaching investor notes, claimed that Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019.

And there are plenty of other bits of evidence to suggest a larger MacBook Pro is in the works and will be announced within weeks. Here's what we know about this upcoming machine.

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16-inch MacBook Pro release date

  • Most likely in October

IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin believes the new Mac will be with us in September due to an Emerging PC Market Tracker report. But we believe it is more likely to debut at an October event. 

The company recently registered the following unreleased notebook models with the Eurasian Economic Commission database: A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182, and A2251. Registrations typically precede official announcements by just a few months.

According to the listings, as spotted by French site Consomac and MacRumors, all seven are described as "portable" computers. We can assume they're either MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro laptops. The big questions, however, are whether they're minor upgrades or major refreshes, and whether they'll be unveiled sooner rather than later. Guess we'll have to wait to learn more.

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Design

  • Might come with all-new design and new CPU
  • Could have 16-inch (or 16.5-inch) LCD (or OLED) display

In early August, it was suggested that the new 16-inch version would be a replacement for the 15-inch model instead of an additional new Mac. This makes more logical sense, even though the existing 15-incher is only months old. Perhaps Apple will introduce the new model as a premium option with a larger screen in a smaller footprint - a trick used by other vendors such as Dell. 

Keep in mind Apple recently updated the 2019 MacBook Pro line, adding more powerful processors and a yet another tweak to the controversial butterfly keyboard design. So, the only aspect giving us pause is, considering Apple recently updated the range, why wouldn’t it have also refreshed its laptops with the so-called "all-new design" at the same time? Why delay until autumn?

Until recently, it was thought that Apple would continue with the current design of the MacBook Pro until at least 2020. The MacBook Pro last saw a slight redesign two-and-half years ago, with the introduction of the touchbar MacBook Pro models.

Display

  • 3,072×1,920-pixel resolution
  • Samsung OLED display?

Analyst Jeff Lin (via Forbes) claims the laptop will have a 16-inch display with an LCD supplied by LG Display, and it'll have a 3,072×1,920-pixel resolution. For reference, the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro has 2,880×1,800 pixels.

HKorean website The Elec recently said that Samsung may supply Apple with an OLED display for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Specs

  • 9th generation Intel Core chips
  • Similar specs to the May 15-inch refresh

A 16-inch MacBook Pro would be the largest MacBook available in Apple's existing lineup, and a machine that size could come with Intel's fastest mobile processors, or the ninth-generation H series mobile Intel processors like the Core i9-9980HK 8-core.

There's little we know, however, including what sort graphics horsepower it might feature. The May refresh of the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro not only has the Core i9-9980HK 8-core but is still using graphics configurable up to Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics with 4GB of HBM2 memory.