If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Pro, wait. Based on various reports and rumors, we expect two new Apple laptops to launch this month at an Apple event in the form of a new 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro and a MacBook. 16 inch Pro 2021.
And we’re not talking about minor upgrades here.
For starters, the 14-inch MacBook Pro represents a new size for Apple, dropping from 13 inches. Apple would offer a larger screen in a frame of roughly the same size by cutting the bezels. But there is a lot more to this new MacBook Pro that you need to know.
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are also designed to achieve a new, flat-edged design (similar to the iPhone 13) as well as bright, colorful mini-LED displays. These would be panels just as dazzling as those found on the iPad Pro.
Beyond that, the new MacBook Pros should offer more ports and more convenient charging. For example, we’ve heard that you should expect an HDMI port as well as an SD card slot for photos. And we’re waiting for the MagSafe charge to return so you don’t accidentally tip your MacBook over when you trip over the power cord.
Under the hood, Apple is reportedly bringing a powerful new M1X chip to the 14in and 16in MacBook Pros. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, there are two variations: both will have 10 processor cores and 16 or 32 graphics cores. Our bet is therefore on the 16 inches to obtain the strongest GPU.
The new MacBook Pros are also designed to offer sharper webcams with 1080p resolution. This is essential because the previous MacBook Pro M1 was made with the same old 720p camera, but with a few more software upgrades for better picture quality.
Interestingly, we’ve heard from multiple sources that Apple will be ditching the Touch Bar on the new 2021 MacBook Pro – and we wouldn’t miss it at all. While we understand what Apple was trying to accomplish with this bar and offering contextual shortcuts, we found that it only got in the way and just wasn’t very helpful.
As for pricing, we’ve only seen one rumor that the 14-inch model could start at $ 1,799. If that were true, Apple would likely keep the existing $ 1,299 MacBook Pro so it had a cheaper option. But even if you plan to go for the entry-level MacBook Pro, it’s worth the wait to see what the new MacBook Pro has to offer and if Apple drops the price of the existing MacBook Pro.
Whatever happens, I wouldn’t recommend buying a MacBook Pro at this time. Stay tuned to our MacBook Pro 2021 hub for all the latest news and leaks as we get closer to a possible launch event.
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