It was back in February that we first heard about a new 16-inch MacBook Pro in the works, and a new report today supports this, adding some more details. As we noted this morning, the timing does seem a little odd, “As the 15-inch MacBook Pro was refreshed already this year, with newer processors and a revised keyboard design, people are expecting the 16-inch to forge a new, separate, tier in Apple’s product lineup.”
I do think the eventual play here is to swap out the old 11/13/15-inch line-up with a 12/14/16-inch one.
The 12-inch switch has already happened, of course. There’s no longer an 11-inch MacBook Air, the 12-inch MacBook now occupying the slot of the smallest machine on offer. If we get a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, then it would make sense for the 13-inch one to be bumped up to 14-inch.
MacDailyNews Take: 12/14/16 seems like an optimal result. The 12-inch MacBook is certainly small and light enough. It easily replaced our beloved 11-inch MacBook Air units in our backpacks. The 14-inch would be for the general notebook user and the 16-inch would be the professional portable Mac flagship. (Best solution would be for Apple to offer a high-end 14-inch model, thermals willing, for those who want performance in a smaller size that 16-inches. Perhaps Apple is working toward this simpler solution?