According to a Bloomberg report, Apple plans to launch new versions of its MacBook Pro laptops “in the middle of the year”, and these machines will increase speed and performance, as well as the MagSafe charging design seen on the MacBook There will also be a return. Computers many generations ago.
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro will get a 14-inch successor, as did the 16-inch model in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, citing Bloomberg’s story as “a man with knowledge of the plans”. The screen bezel was reduced to allow more screen real estate in similar chassis.
Both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are slated in the middle of the year and will include Apple’s custom silicon. The company first introduced its own silicon with the M1 chip included in the November refresh of the low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini. The new machines described today will inherit Apple’s M1 chip with more CPU cores and “enhanced graphics”.
While the overall design of the laptop is not expected to be significantly different from the current model (beyond the screen size in the smaller MacBook Pro), there is a major design change that may please Mac fans before the Touch Bar and USB-C. A few years ago redesign was introduced: the return of the MagSafe charger.
Mac laptops once had charging cables that easily slid into their ports thanks to magnets, and were intended to disconnect gracefully without having toggle on the laptop if someone pulled the cord or tripped it. Over the years, the company purged the feature from its lineup, but last year introduced related technology using the same name in its iPhone 12 lineup.
Reportedly, the new MacBook Pro model will have the same size as the MagSafe connector on the older Mac’s MagSafe connector. This will also allow the laptop to charge faster than before. The report states that the computer will still have multiple USB-C ports.
It is also said about the new MacBook Pros that it has bright displays with better contrast. This report does not explain how Apple will achieve this, but recent supply-chain rumors and analysts speculate that Apple will incorporate the Mini LED display into its upcoming machines, which would likely produce that result.
A Bloomberg source also says that Apple is testing versions of laptops without the touch bar, which was introduced to the lineup a few years ago. The touch bar is a stripe-shaped touch screen at the top of the keyboard that replaces the function keys with those keys or virtual versions of other, app-specific functions.
While many apps support touch bars, some power users have complained that the touch bar is not always as convenient as a physical key.
Finally, the report concludes with a footnote that Apple plans to update the MacBook Air with a new design but it will not come as soon as the MacBook Pro update. It does not provide any details about the MacBook Air redesign.
Update: Bloomberg ran an additional report today claiming that both iMac sizes are also due to a major update. They will include Apple silicon chips, fewer bezels, and the elimination of the metal chin under the display. They will also sport the flat chassis, unlike the curved design of the current iMac. The report also reiterates earlier claims that the Mac Pro would appear to be a smaller, Apple Silicon successor that would remain in Apple’s lineup with more powerful Intel models, and a cheaper, consumer-oriented alternative to Apple’s expensive ProDisis XDR monitor will provide.