The MacBook Pro 16-inch might be gaining a considerable upgrade

The MacBook Pro 16-inch might be gaining a considerable upgrade
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With the traditional time for new Apple product announcements creeping up fast, there are plenty of rumors brewing surrounding what could be coming next for everything from the latest iPad Mini to the MacBook Pro 16-inch and even the possibility of a new external display too. With so many different rumors out there, we thought we'd take a look at some of the most likely ones. 

For those eyeing up the best tablets out there right now, the Apple iPad Mini has always been worth paying attention to. Right now, there are conflicting rumors about whether the smaller tablet will have a Mini LED display upgrade like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has or not. That's the thinking from industry analyst Ross Young, who has previously been fairly accurate when it comes to what to expect from new Apple products in the past. 

He's supposedly checked with sources in the supply chain and has found that while Mini LED technology is very appealing thanks to offering improved brightness, color, and contrast, it might not be making its way to the relatively inexpensive iPad Mini just yet. However, a conflicting report from DigiTimes (paywalled, reported by MacRumors) has suggested the exact opposite and that news comes from well known Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, so we'll have to wait and see. 

In the meantime, if you're passionate about a Mini LED screen, you'll need to commit to the outstanding iPad Pro instead.

iPad Mini 2019

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More promising news in the Apple rumor mill is that the MacBook Pro 16-inch could be much cooler than ever before, while still offering a more powerful GPU and potentially more RAM. Clearly vying for a place in our hearts as one of the best laptops out there for power users, a report from LeaksApplePro  suggests a new more powerful GPU is on the way and that 64GB of RAM may also be exclusive to this model. To help out there, it'll also employ a single-piece cooling solution to keep things running efficiently. 

It's the kind of thing that the souped up MacBook Pro could certainly do with to make it a bit more potent compared to the standard MacBook Pro. 

Finally, for home computer use, there are suggestions that Apple could be launching a new external display to add to the Pro Display XDR it already offers. That monitor could be running its own A13 Bionic chip along with its own Neural Engine - the technology we already see on Apple tablets and the iPhone 11. It's another rumor that comes via 9to5Mac from "sources familiar with the matter"  so it's all far from confirmed but it could mean some substantial onboard processing for such monitors, with the idea being that it might adjust colors, contrast, brightness and more all in real time rather than be dependent on the hardware it's hooked up to.

The Apple Pro Display XDR already costs $4,999 so expect any new monitor to be very pricey if it does happen.

For now, of course, all this is rumor and theory so we'll have to wait and see closer to September or October time when Apple is likely to make some official announcements. 

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer has been freelancing for over 10 years. In the past, she's written about all things tech and gaming wise for outlets as varied as The Independent, Playboy, Eurogamer, and TechRadar. In her spare time, she spends far too much time watching films, attempting to train her pet guinea pigs, and mastering making the perfect burrito.  She's a full time freelancer, but a regular tech news contributor to Top Ten Reviews.