16-Inch MacBook Pro Will Reportedly Use Intel's 9th-Gen Processors With Up to 8 Cores

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by Intel's 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh processors, in line with the 15-inch MacBook Pro released in May, according to IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin.


    If accurate, this means the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be configurable with up to an 8-core Core i9 processor with a 2.4GHz base clock speed and a max Turbo Boost frequency of 5.0GHz. The lineup also includes 6-core Core i7 processors. All of the chips are 45W with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630.

    Notably, this would mean that Apple isn't yet ready to use Intel's latest 10th-generation Ice Lake processors. These chips might not have been powerful enough for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, as there are currently no 6-core or 8-core options, and they have low TDPs ranging between 9W and 15W.

    Rumors suggest the 16-inch MacBook Pro will feature an all-new design with narrower bezels and a more reliable scissor mechanism keyboard. In a research note obtained by Forbes, Lin said the 16-inch display will have 227 pixels per inch, in line with a previously rumored 3,072×1,920 resolution.

    Lin believes the 16-inch MacBook Pro will enter production in September, setting the stage for a fall release, but there is still some debate as to whether Apple will unveil the notebook in September or October. In the fall, Apple typically unveils new Macs in October, but it could always break with tradition.

    There is some speculation that the 15-inch MacBook Pro may be discontinued shortly after the 16-inch model launches, but TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said the 15-inch model will be refreshed in 2020.

    Article Link: 16-Inch MacBook Pro Will Reportedly Use Intel's 9th-Gen Processors With Up to 8 Cores
  2. Jack Burton macrumors 6502a

    Jack Burton

    Feb 27, 2015
    They have my attention. They could lose it if the price is insane.
  3. jimothyGator macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
  4. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
  5. UbuntuFu macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    If they get rid of that underutilized half-baked touch bar they can lower the price by $300.

    I miss the days when you could buy a new 15.4 MBP for $1999.
  6. Mr. Mad Vibes macrumors member

    Mr. Mad Vibes

    Apr 1, 2008
    At this rate. I might buy this laptop before I upgrade my I Phone 8. But seriously, why couldn't the display be native 4K?
  7. dynamojoe macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I will probably have bought the 15” by then. I wonder if the new Apple card offers price protection?
  8. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Sounds like this is what the 2016-19 machines should have been in the first place tbh!

    One of the payment options will be kidneys, have no doubts ;)
  9. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Because it's a waste of power and you wouldn't be able to see it. You already can't see individual pixels, that's the point of retina.

    If they were going to do anything making it 120hz would be far more beneficial.
  10. joiwomcow macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2017
    wrong aspect ratio. 16:10 is better for work. 16:9 is better for netflix.
  11. Trolle macrumors member


    May 24, 2016
    I would think price would be comparable to current line; maybe they will charge a little more for the redesign.
  12. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    Well it’s not gonna have a lower cpu than the current 15” is it
  13. carrrrrlos macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2010
    Now taking long walks and having picnics with my 2014 MBP, preparing for what could be our fall departure. Good times.
  14. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    It's more than that, though. The scaling on MacBooks is weird, too.
  15. GtrDude macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011
  16. PickUrPoison macrumors 601

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    That was for a machine without a dedicated graphics chip. In 2015, the 16GB/512GB model with discrete graphics was $2,499.
  17. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    So the same processor as the current 15 inch MacBook Pro. But that extra inch raises the price to $3000.
  18. eattherich macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2011
    The latest 15” doesn’t really have the thermal issues the 2018 model did so I’m guessing that won’t be an issue, especially as it’s a new design and will likely have a revised cooling system. Here’s hoping anyway.
  19. nicklad macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    I suspect that this is true and it would not be of Apple's doing but instead lie at Intel's doorstep. It seems the yield and process maturity of the 10 nm fabrication process does not yet lend itself to the higher core count and higher frequency of these chips.

    I have been thinking about replacing my Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro but suspect that I will instead now wait for 2020's revision that will more than likely be using Ice Lake, and get the battery replaced in my current machine while possible before it becomes vintage.
  20. locovaca macrumors regular

    May 14, 2002
    Ugh. Sorry, I’m done with Intel and their vulnerability lollapalooza. Please bring on the a series chips in a laptop form factor.
  21. subjonas macrumors 68020

    Feb 10, 2014
    I could always look it up, but I wish this article gave the specs of the 15” to compare these new(?) specs to.
  22. addictive macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    I'm waiting on the 10th Gen CPUs from Intel. Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity have been integrated right into the processor. It should be the next leap forward. I'll happily sit this one out for another year.
  23. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Is the vertical resolution a bit low for programmers?
  24. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Even in the absence of a suitable Iris Pro chip from intel, if they really wanted to they could probably get back to the $1,999 price point just by using a quad core i5-9300H, halving the RAM and using a cheaper GPU (550X?).
  25. Suttree macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2018
    If this doesn’t have a refresh rate of 144hz it is trash computer. I’m a speed runner so I am a true professional and so far this doesn’t sound professional

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