MacBook Pro update: Apple could make the biggest change to this laptop in years

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The MacBook Pro received its last substantial design overhaul back in 2016 that introduced a new build, keyboard and the hardware’s signature Touch Bar.

At the time the laptop ridded of many traditional ports in favour of USB-C sockets.

While this meant users did need to employ adapters in many instances, it did mean the hardware itself was thinner than its predecessor.

Since the substantial redesign of the product, Apple has refined it by improving the processors inside in addition to its butterfly mechanism keyboard.

But it appears the American tech giant is set to introduce another redesign of the hardware later this year that has a larger display, a new report has insisted.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a forecast for Apple products and upgrades he expects to be released later this year, obtained by MacRumours.

In the document he stated the redesigned MacBook Pro will have a display that ranges from 16-16.5-inches in size.

If true, such a panel would be the largest on a Mac laptop since 2012.

The MacBook Pro is currently offered in 13 and 15-inch variants.

Kuo also declared Apple’s new Mac Pro machine will debut later this year in addition to a new 31.6-inch 6K monitor.

Such a claim appears to suggest Apple could soon start selling its own displays once again.

The Cupertino-based firm used to sell a Thunderbolt Display but it was discontinued back in 2016.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, admitted back in 2017 the firm would be delivering a new “pro display” as a modular component for its forthcoming Mac Pro.

He said: “With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call ‘completely rethinking the Mac Pro.’

“We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers.

“As part of doing a new Mac Pro — it is, by definition, a modular system — we will be doing a pro display as well.

“Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that.

“We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.”

Kuo’s note also stated a new iPod Touch and iPad mini would arrive for Apple fans later this year.

Moreover, he also declared “mass shipments” of AirPower and new AirPods will start in the first-half of 2019.

While Kuo has previously been a reliable source for Apple leaks, it is worth noting none of his claims have been officially confirmed by the American tech giant.

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