With the continued deployment ofApple silicon, the MacBook Pro is online for some major changes. Apple will probably take the opportunity of the new models based on Apple silicon to introduce new designs, features and improvements. This article keeps track of the most credible reports from the 2021 MacBook Pro including the future of the Touch Bar, so stay tuned for all the latest.
MacBook Pro 2021: the latest rumors
An analyst from Display Supply Chain Consultants (via 9to5Mac) apparently confirms that Apple plans to “cancel the touch bar” with the launch of the upcoming MacBook Pro later this year.
DigiTimes against some recent rumors with a report claiming the new MacBook Pro will launch in the third quarter.
The Economic Daily News of China reported that Apple “rapidly increased its rate of capacity utilization” to prepare for MacBook Pro shipments later this year. The calendar suggests a launch in October or November. The publication also reported that theMacBook shipments this year are expected to reach 23 million units, an increase of 15% compared to last year.
On Twitter, the Dylan leaker indicated that the new MacBooks will not be launched until the fourth quarter from 2021.
Macbook Pro 14 and 16 are definitely coming Q4 of 2021. Either late October or early November.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple will release a “redesigned” MacBook Pro this summer. It will be available in 14 and 16 inch models. Gurman has not indicated whether the current 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 will undergo any design changes, although the iOS developer Dylandkt tweeted in January that “future MacBook Pro models may not have a logo on the bottom bezel”.
Just a small little rumor. Upcoming MacBook Pro models may not feature a logo on the bottom bezel. That is all 😉😁
Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo said in a research note (via MacRumors) that the laptop will see a redesign in 2021. In an earlier May 2020 note (via MacRumors), Kuo said Apple was working on a 14-inch MacBook Pro. This is essentially a transformation of the high-end 13-inch models, similar to what happened when Apple released the 16-inch MacBook Pro to replace the 15-inch models. It’s unclear whether the low-end 13in MacBook Pro will stay in the lineup if a 14in version is revealed.
Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser reports that Apple will be releasing a MacBook Air or a reintroduction of the MacBook in color and a white screen bezel, colors similar to those of the new 24-inch iMac. If Apple uses color in its products at the consumer level, it’s possible Apple will stick with space gray and silver options for the high end, which includes the MacBook Pro. And according to a tweet by Dylandkt (cited above), specifies that the apple logo could be removed from the MacBook Pro.
MacBook Pro 2021: mini LED screens
In March 2020, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo released a note on Apple’s use of mini LEDs in new products, including the 2021 versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Apple has already launched its first mini LED display in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so it’s clear Apple is already working on the technology.
However, a recent report from DigiTimes claims that “volume production of the 14-inch MacBook Pro is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the 16-inch model will begin in the first quarter of 2022”. It is therefore possible that Apple will release a mini LED option later in the year.
Mini-LED is a backlight technology for displays, but several more LEDs are used than what is currently implemented. This results in better backlight control, better image contrast, and greater dynamic range. If Apple’s description of the iPad Pro is any indication, the new display will offer “lifelike detail with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1 … (and) jaw-dropping 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness. and 1600 nits of maximum brightness ”.
MacBook Pro 2021: MagSafe and ports
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that the MacBook Pro coming out this summer will have a MagSafe charger, SD card slot, HDMI port and “more Thunderbolt ports”. The current 13-inch MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports while the current Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports.
Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo (via MacRumors) said in a research note that MagSafe will be on the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Introduced in Mac laptops in 2006, MagSafe is a magnetic power adapter connector that can easily disconnect from the laptop using non-axial force. Its implementation meant that if someone pulled or tripped on the cable, the connection would break, but the laptop was unlikely to fly off the work surface. MagSafe was a separate, dedicated outlet for power and disappeared when Apple switched to USB-C connectors in 2016. USB-C connectors support battery charging, but don’t have a detachable connector.
Apple made the transition to Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports in its M1 Macs, and Apple will continue this in future models.
MacBook Pro 2021: end of the Touch Bar
The touch bar, the Touch Bar, is a polarizing feature of high-end MacBook Pro models. Those who don’t like it are pretty expressive about it, while people who like it don’t really say much. In a January 2021 note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the OLED touch bar will be replaced with function keys. In July, an analyst from Display Supply Chain Consultants apparently confirmed the report, telling investors that Apple was planning to “cancel the touch bar” in the future.
Apple introduced the Touch Bar in 2016 to replace the function keys with “a glossy Retina-grade multi-touch display,” but that was a defining feature.
MacBook Pro 2021: M-series processor and other specifications
A rumor on Twitter apparently leaked details. Small, but big on the next MacBook Pro. The iOS developer Dylandkt, who previously predicted the M1 in the iMac, says the MacBook chip will be branded as the M1X and will bring “more Thunderbolt channels, more processor cores, more GPU cores and greater power consumption. ”.
M1X is an extension of the M1 that will contain more thunderbolt channels, more cpu cores, more gpu cores, and greater power draw. The M1X will be featured in the Higher end Mac Mini, the Macbook Pro 14 and 16, and a higher end iMac.
The speculation, for Apple silicon in the high-end MacBook Pro models, is that Apple will take this opportunity to reveal the next in line in the series. M. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple’s “redesigned” 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro will have Apple’s system on a chip with a 10-core processor (eight performance cores and two efficiency cores), 16 or 32 graphics cores, a maximum of 64 GB of memory and an “improved neural engine” (Neural Engine).
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that it’s possible that by the end of 2021, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will have a new system-on-a-chip that replaces the M1. The new SoC (system on chip) will be faster, but will have eight processor cores (four performance cores, four efficiency cores) like the M1. The graphics cores will go from 8 to 10. The chip would be called the M1X, as evidenced by several rumors and Apple’s own tags on the YouTube video for his WWDC keynote.
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Everyone stay calm … but I just spotted these tags on Apple’s YouTube livestream of the June 7 keynote !!!
APPLE CONFIRMED THE M1X !!!@jon_prosser you were right after all !!!
Apple is rumored to be including 5G and Face ID support in its laptops, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that these features don’t appear to be “coming anytime soon.”
MacBook Pro 2021: Price and release
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will release the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with Apple silicon this summer. We were originally hoping the new machines would arrive at WWDC 2021, but the event has come but the 2021 MacBook Pro, and its Touch Bar (or not), has not been announced. DigiTimes, which has an uneven track record for rumors but is more specific on shipping, says that “volume production of the 14-inch MacBook Pro is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the 16-inch model will begin in the first quarter. 2022. ”However, sources recently told the publication that shipments will begin in the third quarter, so a fall launch is likely, perhaps around the time the 13-inch MacBook Pro launched last year. More recently, Twitter leaker Dylan said new MacBooks will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the Economic Daily News, which has been a trusted source of supply chain information in China, said Apple no ‘started to increase its manufacturing capacity only at the end of June.
Pricing was not disclosed, but based on earlier Apple silicon launches, the 16-inch model will likely still start at $ 2,399 (€ 2,699), with the 14-inch MacBook Pro perhaps taking the lead. instead of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and would cost $ 1,799. It’s not clear whether the current 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 will remain in the lineup.