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Apple could surprise us by launching the 16-inch MacBook Pro this week

We’d expected Apple to have already launched the much rumoured 16-inch MacBook Pro 2019 by now, but it missed a series of expected announcement dates. However, a new report has claimed the laptop will break cover this week.

We’ve been expecting a MacBook Pro 2019 reveal for some time now – with October being the expected window for the announcement. Apple finally appears to be making moves – suggesting we could see the new device before Christmas 2019.

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According to 9to5Mac, Apple has started holding private press briefings over in the US. These briefings are usually held to give presentations of new devices along with some hands-on time.

While there is no confirmation that the briefings revolve around the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, this is the device that makes the most sense given recent speculation. A reveal could be imminent – with reports suggesting a public announcement before the end of this week.

While the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a bigger display than the existing 15-inch MacBook Pro model, the laptop is not expected to increase much in size. Instead, the 16-inch model will apparently have much slimmer screen bezels.

The new model is also expected to update the much-maligned butterfly switch keyboard. However, the new keyboard is reportedly causing its own issues. The last word we heard on the new scissor-switch keyboard design was that it could push back the release of the larger laptop − possibly back to 2020.

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A belated release date hasn’t stopped speculation over the new 16-inch MacBook Pro’s design, however. The new entry is expected to separate the Touch ID and ESC key from the controversial Touch Bar. 

A dedicated ESC key will likely please those who were concerned about its functionality as a software key – meaning it couldn’t be used effectively in the event of certain system crashes.

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