None other than 9to5Mac has discovered the image file within the depths of macOS 10.15.1 code, revealing Touch Bar and Touch ID modules that are separated by a cut of aluminum. As you may know, all Touch Bar MacBook Pro models to date have included the Touch ID module within the same display enclosure.
This seems like a tiny difference, but could have implications for the rest of the 16-inch MacBook Pro design, which is expected to come with a whole new keyboard. While 9to5Mac reports that this revelation confirms that the new model will also include a physical escape key – all models feature a software-based escape key – we wouldn’t buy that at least until we see another leaked image of exactly that.
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A smaller redesign than we hoped for? Who knows…
The 9to5Mac team seems to be connecting this latest image leak with one of a few days prior: art icons within the macOS 10.15.1 beta code suggested the 16-inch MacBook Pro won’t be as big of a redesign as many had expect.
However, we’re not yet prepared to accept that these two leaks imply a smaller redesign than previously anticipated, as the image in the beta code leak is impossible to discern a physical escape key from the angle at which it’s presented. It could just as easily be an image artifact as it could be depicting a separate, physical escape key.
Also, how either of these leaks confirm or even affirm suspicion that this 16-inch MacBook Pro won’t be a drastic redesign is unclear.
All we know right now, with any degree of certainty, is that the 16-inch MacBook Pro could have a separated Touch Bar and Touch ID module. OK, well that and the assumption that this laptop is almost undoubtedly not coming out in October 2019.
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