Apple is working hard to transition its entire Mac range from Intel processors to in-house developed silicon in the span of two years. Word on the street is that the first crop of M1-powered laptops will be followed by new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with more powerful internals this year.
New MacBook Pros coming in the second half of 2021
Japanese publication Nikkei claims that Apple has postponed mass production of the new MacBook Pro models for the second half of 2021. This stage was initially planned for May or June. The second half begins in July, so a launch sometime in September or October sounds pretty realistic. We will surely hear about a possible Apple event in the Fall well in advance.
The upcoming MacBook Pro models are expected to feature more powerful Apple processors with 12 to 16 CPU cores compared to the M1’s 8. They are also rumored to feature Mini-LED displays, a subtle redesign of the chassis (similar to the current iPad Pro), an HDMI port, an SD card reader, MagSafe charging with a magnetic power cable, and function keys in place of the OLED touchbar. While bringing USB-A and Ethernet ports back will surely please many, it seems these options are out of the question now.
Next year (2022) will bring new iMacs and Mac Pros, completing the transition from Intel processors. The new iMacs will be available in different colors, paying homage to the original iMac. The 2022 Mac Pro may – if the grapevine is to be believed – have three base models, starting at USD 5499 for a 32-core CPU model.
Later this month (March 2021), Apple could be launching a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display and a faster A14X chipset. Other products allegedly in the pipeline include the long-awaited AirTags item trackers, a new Apple TV, and new AirPods. The alleged date for these announcements could be as soon as March 23. Yup, a lot of rumors cooking around Apple at the moment…
- via MacRumors