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Latest macOS Catalina beta hints on new 16-inch MacBook Pro

Rumors have been circulating for months that Apple is preparing a new, 16-inch MacBook Pro model – some reports claim this year – and we may have had a first look at it, thanks to a new image hidden in the latest macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta that was discovered by MacGeneration.

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The file apparently refers to a new MacBook Pro model named "MacBookPro16.1" (which in itself indicates that it is a new model – the 16 here is probably just a coincidence based on how Apple performs its model numbering) and functions a thumbnail image for what looks absolutely like a larger MacBook Pro with thinner edges than the icon of the current 15-inch model.

MacRumors has confirmed that the files – which display the new model in both silver and space gray colors – are present in the current beta, meaning that if the image is accurate for the finished design (and not just a placeholder), we have our first good look on the latest MacBook Pro.


The current 15-inch MacBook Pro icon (left) compared to the newly discovered icon (right)
Pictures: MacGeneration

Although the image is certainly from a larger MacBook with thinner edges, there is no way to see from here or the most requested change – a new keyboard with scissors switch that is said to debut on the 16-inch model to to replace heavily malicious Apple butterfly switches – is also present.

It would also not be the first time Apple accidentally leaked a new product design with unintended beta icons: the company confirmed the redesign of the iPhone X with a beta icon, as well as the redesigns of the iPhone XS Max and iPad Pro last year. Recently, Apple & # 39; s rumors of noise-canceling AirPod Pro & # 39; s may have appeared in the iOS 13.2 beta.

It is claimed that Apple is working on a 16-inch MacBook Pro that would come out in a new design for a while, with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming that the larger model will introduce a new keyboard to the rest of the line-up drips in 2020. Historically, Apple held a second fall event in October, focusing more on iPad and Mac updates. Combined with the beta images, this may mean that we are only a few days away from Apple, which formally announces the new laptop.