Apple's "new-new" 16-inch MacBook may not be available this year, according to a new research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors that now predicts the upgrade. laptops will arrive next year, at the earliest.
Kuo had broken the rumor that Apple was working on a renewed line of MacBook Pro, which consisted of a larger model with a screen between 16 and 16.5 inches, and a 13-inch model that would offer higher specifications than the current version of Apple (including up to 32 GB of RAM). According to Kuo's original note, those laptops were planned to be released later in 2019, but their latest update now includes the release by 2020 or 2021 (translations of Kuo's note currently do not agree with the date exact).
The delay is not entirely surprising; Kuo's original date in 2019 seemed early, given that Apple's current MacBook Pro design is only three years old. But the current design has suffered a lot of criticism, including design flaws on the keyboard (with which Apple still seems to be struggling, despite its attempts to fix it last year), as well as problems with the death of the cables of the screen (called "Flexgate"). It is easy to imagine that Apple could have accelerated the new hardware of the MacBook Pro before its normal update cycles to be able to leave those problems behind.
However, not all is bad news for Apple fans. Kuo's other great prediction: a 6-inch 31.6-inch screen with a "backlighting design similar to a mini LED" for professional users still seems to be on track for 2019.