Huge MacBook Pro leaks promise massive upgrades and a shock omission
Jan 16 2021
"Last month noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gave out confirmation that Apple's upcoming 2021 MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro will debut with mini LED displays and M1 chipsets. Two models are expected in the third quarter of 2021, sporting a 14-inch and 16-inch display.
(Pocket-lint) - Reports suggest Apple will be introducing new MacBook Pros before too long and that these models will introduce a new design. These notebooks are said to be powered by a newer generation of Apple's in-house processor, featuring more cores and better graphics.
If the changes are accurate (always a big "if" with Apple) and assuming it doesn't change anything before the new laptops are released, the updates would mark a big shift in philosophy from current models.
In addition, it appears Apple is listening to user requests for more connectivity options in its high-end laptop lineup, as Kuo says the upcoming devices will feature a wider variety of ports. Gurman weighed in on the matter in a report with Bloomberg, claiming that Apple has tested new MacBook Pro models without a Touch Bar, and he was more decisive in a follow-up tweet. But the company is now bringing back MagSafe, the magnetic power adapter that means any accidental yanking of the power cable would simply detach it from the laptop rather than pull down the entire computer.
The biggest change, however, could be the return to MagSafe instead of USB-C charging. Gurman says the new Macs will retain "multiple" USB-C ports, noting elsewhere on Twitter there would be more than two. They would also see the return of Apple's MagSafe charger, a magnetic dedicated charging port that would replace USB-C for power, and they could potentially do away with the Touch Bar, the small strip of OLED display built in to the keyboard on modern MacBook Pros. Some professional users have said they found that control scheme less convenient than physical keys.
Kuo shares that the new top-end models will feature a squarer cut design on the top and bottom halves which is a natural evolution of the 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone 12 industrial design.