Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a new 14-inch MacBook Pro this year, together with a 16-inch MacBook Pro as well. Both are expected to feature a Mini LED backlit display along with slimmer bezels and will launch in the second half of the year.
This report comes in DigiTimesand aligns with information previously provided by veteran Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It definitely seems almost confirmed at this point that Apple will release these two MacBook Pros later this year.
Screen size isn’t the only piece of information Kuo scoffs at about the 2021 MacBook Pro. These new MacBooks will also feature a brighter Mini-LED display, M1 chips, a new design with a flat-edged top and bottom. , MagSafe charge and function keys instead of a touch bar.
The 14-inch model would likely replace the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, although we expect the rumored new design, which will sport slimmer bezels, means it would only be a slightly larger laptop.
Many of these details have been corroborated by BloombergSo it looks like we’re building a pretty solid picture of what the latest MacBook Pro will look like.
The most exciting news, however, is that the 2021 lineup of Apple’s flagship laptop will be much more generous when it comes to ports. In our MacBook Pro (2020) reviewWe were disappointed that the premium device offered only a couple of Thunderbolt ports, so it’s great to see Apple fix this.
According to sources like Bloomburg and Kuo, this year’s MacBook Pros will restore the SD card reader and HDMI port to range, so there are at least a couple of dongles you can do without. However, you will still need one for any USB-A accessory.
Aside from a vague “second half of the year,” we don’t have a solid time frame for when Apple will officially announce the 2021 MacBook Pro, but a July release date has previously been touted. That’s the best-case scenario though, and it might not be until late summer or even fall that we get a closer look at the next MacBook Pro.
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