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Apple to Refresh 16" Intel Based MacBook Pro ?

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Sounds crazy doesn't it ? Why refresh an Intel Mac this late in 2020 ? I think that the initial MBP 16" was supposed to launch in late 2019 but that got delayed. So the 16" refresh we may be getting in November also got pushed back by 4-5 months.

From: MSN.com

Apple recently released a Boot Camp update for Mac devices running Windows operating system. Although the update seems unremarkable at first, a closer look at the changelog highlights a reference to a 2020 model of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The update, therefore likely indicates that Apple is working on a new MacBook Pro 16 (2020) model after launching another 16-inch notebook with AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU in June 2020. Interestingly, the company refers to the MacBook Pro 16 with AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU as a 2019 model on its website, despite its launch this year. Apple is rumoured to unveil new Mac devices with Apple Silicon processor in November; however, the MacBook Pro 16 (2020) may still pack an Intel CPU.

The Boot Camp update also points out to MacBook Pro 13 (2020) that could likely be a reference to the notebook Apple released in May this year. As per the changelog shared by a user on Twitter, the "Boot Camp 6.1.13 update improves the compatibility of your Mac when running Windows through Boot Camp." The update also improves audio recording quality when using the built-in microphone, the changelog added. It fixes a stability issue that "could occur during heavy CPU load on 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019 and 2020) and 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020)." If the development of the new MacBook Pro 16 (2020) is accurate, the notebook might be unveiled by the company next month. According to previous reports, Apple will host an event on November 17 to introduce its first Mac with a custom Apple Silicon processor. However, the MacBook Pro 16 (2020) as noted in the changelog, could likely be Apple's last Mac device to feature an Intel processor. The company might unveil a refreshed model with a new GPU.

Apple is rumoured to introduce its Apple Silicon processor with a 12-inch MacBook model during the launch event on November 17. The 16-inch MacBook Pro launched in June this year, features AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU with integrated HBM2 memory. The laptop was first introduced in November 2019 with AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU.
 

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Now I see why Apple is refreshing the 16" MBP with Intel Silicon. Last quarter they sold a huge number of MBPs and other Macs. Why would they not keep selling Intel ? Obviously the MBP sales are way up due to the pandemic and most people working from home. Intel Macs are still alive and well in 2020.

Much of the good news came from Mac sales, which hit $9.0 billion, a jump of 29%. And the news is just as good for tablets, as iPad sales totaled $6.8 billion, a whopping 46% increase.
Reported on the 10/29 Apple earnings call. It's also obvious that ditching the butterfly keyboards is another major factor at work. 16" MBPs are simply the best Pro Laptop you can buy right now.

Look at the latest Intel based 27" inch iMac. On Amazon you can't even get one until one month from today 11/1/2020. That tells me there is great demand for Intel iMacs too.

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