For several months we have been hearing reports about the slightly bigger version of Apple MacBook Pro rumored to be arriving within 2019. Credible Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo even predicted the specs and features of the heavily speculated 16-inch MacBook Pro. While the release window of the rumored premium laptop is still unclear, DigiTimes recently revealed that the Cupertino-based tech giant will start receiving massive shipments of the premium notebook in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Quanta Computer, the Taiwan-based tech company, is reportedly the supplier of the Cupertino-based tech titan of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Based on the report, the heavily anticipated 16-inch MacBook Pro will sport an ultra-thin bezel design, which suggests that the overall size of the upcoming notebook might be the same as the 15-inch MacBook Pro even though it has a bigger display. The report about the scheduled shipment of 16-inch MacBook Pro to Apple does not mean that the premium notebooks are releasing this quarter.

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After countless speculations and leaks, Apple finally launches the 16-inch MacBook Pro, sadly it missed to include two important major upgrades. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Apple might only be stockpiling the 16-inch MacBook Pro in anticipation of the proposed 15 percent import tariff on an extra round of Chinese goods, which is scheduled to take effect starting Dec 15, 2019. Ming-Chi Kuo earlier predicted that the 16-inch MacBook Pro might arrive in the last quarter of 2019 with an all-new scissor-switch keyboard and design. Several tech sites also reported uncovered images of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in macOS Catalina.

The latest images suggesting the presence of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the one that reveals that the Touch ID will be separated from the Touch Bar. The leaked new Touch Bar design also suggests that the ESC key will also be separated from the Touch Bar. Another report about the 16-inch MacBook Pro revealed that it could arrive in the middle of 2020.

DigiTimes earlier reported that the 16-inch MacBook Pro would be launched by the end of Oct 2019, but considering the date today, it is not going to happen as predicted. For now, the release window of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is still unclear, and Apple has not yet made any comments related to the highly-awaited premium notebook.