Macbook Pro 16' 2020 mid refresh?

fandy

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Will there be a likely refresh in July like with past models? I'm going to buy one in April and it would suck if 2 months later they released a new version!
 

AustinIllini

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Will there be a likely refresh in July like with past models? I'm going to buy one in April and it would suck if 2 months later they released a new version!
Might be a processor update.

It's really tough to tell anymore because they announce Macs almost at random now.

I could see them releasing a new 13-14" MacBook Pro at or before WWDC. We're all just guessing.
 
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DanMan619

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Might be a processor update.

It's really tough to tell anymore because they announce Macs almost at random now.

I could see them releasing a new 13-14" MacBook Pro at or before WWDC. We're all just guessing.
I'd actually be happy if the 2020 update is the same 16" MBP we have now just with the new Intel chips and maybe the MiniLED screen. They already got so much with the 16" right, i just want that new CPU and a new screen (even if it's 4k HDR but is still LCD, i'd be happy) would be a cherry on top. I think that'd be worth waiting another couple months for, for me. If my late 2013 MBP can make it that long.
 

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The new chip will almost certainly be coming, but it's a minor upgrade. The chances of another new screen are very low...
 

DanMan619

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The new chip will almost certainly be coming, but it's a minor upgrade. The chances of another new screen are very low...
The 16" screen we got isn't really a new screen, it was just slightly bigger. And miniLED rumors have been swirling since like last year. It's not a sure thing, but i wouldn't exactly say the odds are particularly low either.
 

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Lately Apple has been updating the MacBook Pro’s every six months with either GPU or CPU options. So they might spec bump it once those new Intel chips are readily available. The rumor of a Mini-LED version would be bigger and probably in the fall if that comes this year.
 
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Hexley

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Will there be a likely refresh in July like with past models? I'm going to buy one in April and it would suck if 2 months later they released a new version!
Just to add fuel to your worry.


I should have bought mine when it was being sold at $2,159 within the week it debuted at $2,399 in 13 November.
 

danwells

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We already HAVE a 5 GHz 8-core... I'm typing on one of those right now, while it's running 24x36" photo prints in the background. I suspect the June bump will be to a new version of a very similar chip - how about 2.5 or 2.6 GHz base with a 5.1 or 5.2 GHz boost, instead of 2.4 base and 5.0 boost.
 

iandk

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Just to add fuel to your worry.


I should have bought mine when it was being sold at $2,159 within the week it debuted at $2,399 in 13 November.
Oh boy, this is the last thing I want to read after getting the 16".
Don't want another update in 3 months.
 
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iJustines

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A mid refresh makes a lot of sense..just LOOK at the new redesign XPS 13 and it just offered higher resolution and symmetrical bezel than the 16” Macbook Pro.
 

buran-energia

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These Intel CPUs and articles about them confuse me. I thought the next CPU on the MBP 16 will be a 10nm with at least twice as fast iGPU. But in 2020, it's going to be yet another 14nm with the same gen iGPU and the difference being mostly the WiFi 6?
 

fandy

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You think the refresh is gonna be May, June, or July?
 

niray9

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These Intel CPUs and articles about them confuse me. I thought the next CPU on the MBP 16 will be a 10nm with at least twice as fast iGPU. But in 2020, it's going to be yet another 14nm with the same gen iGPU and the difference being mostly the WiFi 6?
Not for the 16" which is the higher wattage cpu. Right now only the 28W is out.

Intel 45W CPUs are most probably delayed till 2021.
 

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We all knew when the 16 was announced that it would have a very quick turnaround because it was released halfway through the life of the 9th gen processors. Around WWDC I'd expect 10th gen processors and updated graphics (maybe 5600 or 5700 series?).

I'd actually be happy if the 2020 update is the same 16" MBP we have now just with the new Intel chips and maybe the MiniLED screen. They already got so much with the 16" right, i just want that new CPU and a new screen (even if it's 4k HDR but is still LCD, i'd be happy) would be a cherry on top. I think that'd be worth waiting another couple months for, for me. If my late 2013 MBP can make it that long.

I would bet good money that Apple will never put a 4k display in a Macbook. On every Retina level device they provide just enough resolution to make the individual pixels invisible and smooth out text, even when far higher resolution displays are used by competitors. I'd also bet that until there is a micro LED or OLED display to put into the 16, you won't see a new screen either, and those are probably almost a year away.
 
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DanMan619

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We all knew when the 16 was announced that it would have a very quick turnaround because it was released halfway through the life of the 9th gen processors. Around WWDC I'd expect 10th gen processors and updated graphics (maybe 5600 or 5700 series?).




I would bet good money that Apple will never put a 4k display in a Macbook. On every Retina level device they provide just enough resolution to make the individual pixels invisible and smooth out text, even when far higher resolution displays are used by competitors. I'd also bet that until there is a micro LED or OLED display to put into the 16, you won't see a new screen either, and those are probably almost a year away.

You think Apple will skip MiniLED? MicroLED even when it is available hopefully next year in 2021, i'd think it'll be too pricey even for Apple to put in their MBPs and it might take another year/generation of MicroLED to work the kinks out of it, so i don't think Apple will jump on it soon as it's available. It also seems Apple plans to skip OLED (i read they are worried about burn in and won't use it on the MBPs) but it seems like MiniLED would be the best of both worlds placeholder till MicroLED is ready at a not insane price.
 

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There will most certainly be a CPU bump in spring/summer, depending on volume availability, but I doubt it will be worth the wait. I don’t think we’ll see any changes to the GPU for a while. Display changes - it’s a wild guess.