Jul 8, 2019

Apple To Release A Refreshed MacBook Pro, FCC Filing Suggests

A recent FCC filing now indicates that Apple's most affordable MacBook Pro is set to get a refresh. Plus, the MacBook Pro series could release its biggest variant yet.

Apple could be releasing a new MacBook Pro soon, a new FCC filing suggests. The filing, which was seen briefly on the Federal Communication Commission site, reveals a device with the model number A2159. The spotted device matches up with another MacBook filing Apple submitted to the Eurasian Economic Commission last month. Alongside the A2159, the Cupertino, California-based company also registered unreleased notebook models such as A2141, A2147, A2158, A2179, A2182, and A2251.

Source: EEC

The recent filing also hints at a MacBook Pro refresh featuring a 13-inch screen, with the same dimensions of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now, if we are to take heed of the provided dimensions, it appears that we won't be seeing a major MacBook redesign as the measurements do not need upgrading. Meanwhile, the accompanying regulatory label also shows the same power rating of the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Source: FCC

A few Apple analysts predict that Apple is planning to release an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, which will be the entry-level variant in the otherwise premium MacBook series.

Apple is also reportedly developing a large 16-inch MacBook Pro which will feature a new design. It isn't clear, however, whether this is the device that was just outlined in the recent FCC document, especially when considering the power information sited. Either way, it appears that the large update is still pushing through for a September release this 2019.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is also tipped to feature an all-new design which could probably come with thinner bezels and an improved display. Analyst Jeff Lin claimed that the device could sport an LCD display which is set to be supplied by LG Display, and could tote around a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920 pixels. Meanwhile, reports also point to Samsung supplying Apple with an OLED display for the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Current 13‑inch MacBook Pro in Space Gray color

If it pans out, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro could spell yet another milestone for Apple as it would be the largest MacBook available in the company's popular lineup. It could also come with Intel's fastest mobile chipsets such as the octa-core, Core i9-9980HK.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro's graphics horsepower still remains under wraps at the time of this writing. Whichever the case is, it appears that the series' hardcore fans are up for something bigger this year, literally and figuratively.

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