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MacBook ProWhat says no: There isn't a compelling engineering reason for Apple to do so today.
I would have thought recent feature (Dell XPS 13 9370 vs. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro, the ultimate comparison) rather contradicts this point:
AppleInsider said:This is huge step up in CPU performance-per-watt compared to previous quad-core designs, coming in slightly faster than a 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro and getting close to the current base model 15" MacBook Pro, while using less than half the wattage.
The 8th gen CPUs do offer quite a boost in performance.
I didn't like the design as I felt it lost something from the original. It was necessary for pragmatic reasons though, but I greatly preferred the 4/4s/5/5s designs.
Looking back on the introduction I was reminded how it was also the first iPhone with GPS - the previous model relied on far less accurate WiFi and Cell Tower triangulation. That opened up many more possibilities for location based services. So I would also include that as one of its legacies.