It’s been about a year since Apple began rolling out Macs powered by its own silicon, followed by the launch of the 24-inch iMac earlier this year. Now, rumors say that the next in line to get the Apple silicon treatment is high-end MacBook Pros, and the updates are shaping up to be far greater than just speed gains. Here’s what we’re expecting from the MacBook Pros that should arrive at the Unleashed event on October 18th.
2021 MacBook Pro: The latest rumors
October 12:Ross Young on Twitter (via Macrumors) says he thinks the new MacBook Pros will have 120Hz displays.
October 4: Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the new M1X MacBook Pro “was yet to launch in the coming weeks. ”
September 29: 9to5Mac has found references to one new “High Power Mode” in macOS Monterey beta it can increase MacBook Pro performance when using the battery.
September 24: Steve Moser (via MacRumors) uncovered new MacBook Pro screen resolutions in the latest macOS Monterey beta.e M1
September 13: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman tweeted that there will be one The “Mac + iPad” event is scheduled for sometime after the September 14 “California streaming” Apple event. This may be when the new MacBook Pros are unveiled.
September 2: It reports DigiTimes Asia chip shortage may delay the delivery date of your MacBook Pro. DigiTimes said the shipment could slip into October or November, “instead of the usual September.” As most Apple fans know, September is normal when Apple unveils the new iPhone and Apple Watch (except last year due to COVID) and the new operating systems. The company usually does not release Macs in September. In addition, dates for November ships have previously been reported by businesses including Bloomberg.
July 10: Twitter delicious @dylandkt reports that the MacBook Pro finally gets “an updated enhancement 1080p webcam to the next model. ”
2021 MacBook Pro: Sizes, designs and colors
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; However, Gurman did not say whether the current 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro will undergo design changes iOS developer Dylandkt tweeted in January that “upcoming MacBook Pro models may not have a logo on the bottom.”
Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo said in a research note (via MacRumors) that the laptop will see a redesign in 2021. In an earlier note from May 2020 (via MacRumors), Kuo said that Apple is working on a 14-inch MacBook Pro— essentially a transformation of the advanced 13-inch models, similar to what happened when Apple released the 16-inch MacBook Pro to replace the 15-inch models. It is unclear whether the lower end 13-inch MacBook Pro will remain in the series if a 14-inch version is revealed.
Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech reports that Apple will release a MacBook Air or reintroduce the MacBook in color offerings and a white frame similar to those of the new 24-inch iMac. If Apple uses colors in its consumer-level products, it is possible that Apple will stick to the space gray and silver options for the higher models, which include the MacBook Pro. And according to a tweet by formerly accurate Dylandkt, The MacBook Pro brand may be removed.
2021 MacBook Pro: Screen
In March 2020, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo released a note reporting Apple’s use of mini-LEDs in new products, including the 2021 versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple has already launched its first mini LED display in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so it’s clear that Apple is already working on the technology. While an earlier report from DigiTimes suggested that Apple may delay the launch of the mini-LED by 2022, Ming-Chi Kuo reported in July that Apple is preparing the production of the display technology for a launch in late 2021.
Mini-LED is a backlight technology for screens, but uses more more LEDs 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 an indication, the new screen will deliver “lifelike details with a 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio … (and) breathtaking 1000 nits full screen brightness and 1600 nits maximum brightness.”
In September, Steve Moser discovered new screen resolutions for Apple laptops in the macOS Monterey beta, which are presumably the new 14-inch and 16-inch models. The resolutions specified in the code are “3456 x 2234 Retina” and “3024 x 1964 Retina”, which currently do not match any MacBook models. The current 16-inch MacBook Pro has a screen resolution of 3072 x 1920, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro resolution is 2560 x 1600.
In October, show guru Ross Young reported on Twitter that new MacBook Pros will have miniLEDs and “we think they will also be updated to 120Hz.” It would probably be the same ProMotion technology that Apple uses on the iPad Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. This would be the first time Apple uses the technology in a non-touch screen.
2021 MacBook Pro: MagSafe and ports
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that the MacBook Pro, due out this summer, will have a MagSafe charger, an SD card slot, an HDMI port and “multiple Thunderbolt ports” (the current 13-inch MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports; 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 was a magnetic power adapter connector that could be easily disconnected from the laptop using non-axial power tugs from angles other than immediately. Its implementation meant that if the laptop was plugged in and for some reason, the cable was tripped over or pulled, the connection would break and the laptop would be spared to fly from the work surface. However, MagSafe was a separate, dedicated power connector and disappeared when Apple switched to USB-C connectors in 2016. USB-C connectors support battery charging but do not have a power connector.
Apple has switched to Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports in its M1 Macs, and Apple will continue to do so in future models. A July report by Luke Miani on the Apple Track claimed that Apple will use a high-speed UHS-II card reader as on the 27-inch iMac and iMac Pro.
2021 MacBook Pro: Front Camera
The MacBook Pro has had an overwhelming 720p FaceTime HD camera for about a decade, but the most head-scratching and frustrating feature on Apple’s high-end laptop may finally get a long-awaited update. According to @dylandkt on Twitter, MacBook Pro “actually gets an updated enhanced 1080p webcam for the next model”, which will presumably be the same hardware in the 24-inch iMac. Apple upgraded the webcam all-in-one with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera with an M1 image signal processor, and we found that it was a massive upgrade over the 720p model.
2021 MacBook Pro: End of touch bar
Apple introduced the Touch Bar in 2016 to replace the function keys with “a brilliant Retina-quality Multi-Touch screen”, but it has been a dividing feature, to say the least – those who do not like it are quite expressive about it, while people who like it do not really say much (at least it looks like that). In a January 2021 note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the OLED Touch Bar will be replaced by function keys. In July, an analyst at Display Supply Chain Consultants apparently confirmed this report and told investors that Apple plans to “cancel the Touch Bar” in the future.
However, a July report by YouTuber Luke Miani claimed that the Touch ID sensor, which is likely to be located to the right of the function bar, will be backlit with “a specific Touch ID backlight with multiple dedicated LEDs.” He describes the new sensor as circular, as it is on the 24-inch iMac’s keyboard with a small glowing ring.
2021 MacBook Pro: Processor and other specifications
A Twitter rumor has apparently leaked small but significant details about the next MacBook Pro. iOS developer Dylandkt– as previously predicted M1 in iMac – claims that MacBooks chip will be branded as M1X and bring “more thunderbolt channels, more CPU cores, more GPU cores and greater power consumption.”
The speculation about Apple’s silicon in the newer MacBook Pro models is that Apple will use this opportunity to unveil the next in line in the M Series. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple’s “redesigned” 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro will have Apple’s system on a chip that has a 10-core CPU (eight performance cores and two efficiency cores), 16 or 32 graphics, a maximum of 64 GB memory and an “improved Neural Engine.” The graphics core rises from eight to ten. The chip will reportedly be called M1X, as evidenced by several rumors and Apple’s own tags on the YouTube video for its WWDC keynote.
On Twitter, delicious Dylan reported that the two models will have “the same chip and the same performance”, which is a departure from the Intel models that have different chips and BTI capabilities. Meanwhile, 9to5Mac found references to “High Power Mode”, which can increase performance when the MacBook Pro is not connected to power. As it is now, Apple limits some performance when the MacBook Pro is not plugged in to increase battery life, but this new mode can allow the MacBook Pro’s chip to run at maximum performance.
Apple has been rumored to include 5G and Face ID support in its laptops, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that these features do not appear to be “coming soon”.
2021 MacBook Pro: Price and Release
According to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in Switch on newsletter, Apple will release the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon in November. French Apple Site Consomac reported two new Macs numbered A2442 and A2485, likely to indicate a declining release. September 13, Gurman tweeted that a “Mac + iPad” event will be planned sometime after the September 14 “California streaming” Apple event. In early October, he also reported that the new MacBook “should still be launched in the coming weeks.”
Twitter -delicious Dylan also said that new MacBooks are coming in the fourth quarter of 2021 and Economic Daily News, which has been a reliable source of supply chain information in China, said that Apple only started increasing its production capacity in late June. Finally, Ming-Chi Kuo reported in July that production for the new MacBook Pro would begin in the third quarter, a schedule echo of Mark Gurman. In August, DigiTimes reports that volume production has begun, signaling that a release is imminent.
Based on previous launches of Apple silicon, the 16-inch model is likely to still start at $ 2,399. On Twitter, delicious Dylan reported in August that there is likely to be “a remarkable price increase for the 14-inch” compared to the current 13-inch model, which starts at $ 1,299. The 14-inch MacBook Pro is likely to replace the $ 1,799 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Novel has been covering technology since the early 1990s. His career started at MacUser and he has worked for MacAddict, Mac | Life and TechTV.