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MacBook Pro 2019 release date: Upcoming 16-inch model will have an LCD panel, not OLED

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There is still a lot of confusion surrounding the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 model and when it will hit the market. Some are saying it will come out in September, while others are touting it will be available in October. It’s likely the latter given the previous release pattern of the tech giant.

So what will be the distinct features of the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 that will separate it from its relatively new 15-inch kin? From the outset, the difference can already be seen with its screen as Apple is reportedly opting to lessen the bezels and use that to accommodate more display.

The upcoming MacBook Pro 2019 model will supposedly have an LCD panel – not OLED – and will have a resolution of 3072 x 1920. While not as crisp as 4K displays, the new resolution will be an upgrade to the 15-inch model’s 2880 x 1800 pixel, Pocket-lint reported.

MacBook Pro 2019 will be removing the butterfly keyboard

Another supposed upgrade that 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 model will bring is a new line of keyboard design. As rumors would have it, Apple is reportedly going to get rid of the butterfly keyboard that’s been one of the major concerns of end-users after it was introduced years ago.

Indeed, the Cupertino-based tech giant even launched a free repair keyboard program for models dating as far back as 2015, suggesting that they are anticipating the issue to surface again. As a replacement to the butterfly, the scissor keyboard will apparently be outfitted for the 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019, which is expected to address the issue once and for all, TheVerge reported.

MacBook Pro 2019 and the Touch Bar issue

The next feature isn’t a rumor but more of a request from users. The request in question is for the MacBook Pro 2019 16-inch variant to get rid of the Touch Bar or improve it so that it actually offers more function as opposed to what it currently provides. Users would usually complain about the overly sensitive strip that results in accidental launching of actions. Removing the Touch Bar would also lower the price of the upcoming model.

Another request is for Apple to provide more varied designs to the MacBook Pro 2019 16-inch model as the 15-inch variant was quite similar to the one launch back in 2012. Sure, the overall build is still relevant to today’s standards. But if Apple truly wants the device to stand out, it should start exploring other avenues that would provide some fresh take on the lineup.

By J Russ Isberto
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