Apple plans to make a major redesign of the MacBook Pro for the third quarter of 2021, according to a research note written and reported by TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo. Mac rumorsAnd the 9to5MacAnd and Apple inside. Kuo calls it the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since the introduction of the current generation in 2016. It was followed by Mark Gorman of Bloomberg. Transfer Which supports many of the same details.
The new MacBook Pro is said to have square sides like the iPad Pro and iPhone 12; The current laptop already has sharp edges, but it looks like the top and bottom panels will be flatter than before as well. The new model is said to come in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes with Apple-designed Arm processors, without Intel options. Kuo says the laptops will use a heat-pipe system similar to the current 16-inch MacBook Pro, which will provide more heat rise and enable higher performance. Bloomberg reported that the new models will have “brighter, higher contrast” displays.
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Perhaps most importantly, Kuo believes the new Pro laptops will undo some of the controversial changes that Apple has made with the current generation. For example, the OLED Touch Bar is said to have completely replaced the physical function keys. Kuo also says there will be a wider range of ports that will reduce the need for dongles, although he was not specified. The MagSafe magnetic charging connector has also been set to return. (It’s unclear if it will have anything in common with the new MagSafe accessory system for iPhone 12.)
a New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple M1 processor It was just released in November, but this model had hardware almost identical to the current Intel version. If Kuo is to believe – and his track record indicates it is – the following models could be a huge improvement.
Update Jan 15th 2.45pm: A subsequent Bloomberg report was referenced.
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