2021 MacBook Pro models will see a significant redesign: Ming-Chi Kuo
The MacBook Pro models coming out this year will see significant design changes, as stated by leading analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. There has been talking that Apple is working on 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that will run on its own M1 processor or the rumoured M1X processors, but the Cupertino giant has yet to share any official details. Kuo claims that the new MacBook Pro models will have a flat-edged design and there will be no Touch Bar this time around. Additionally, upcoming iPhone models may come with vapour chamber cooling.
According to a report by MacRumors, citing an investor note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple works on both 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. These laptops are expected to come with a “flat-edged” form factor similar to the new one. iPhone 12 Models. The OLED touch bar will not be present this time and will be replaced by physical function keys, according to the analyst. Additionally, Apple is reportedly bringing back the MagSafe charging connector that it originally used to replace USB Type-C charging.
Kuo also stated that the new MacBook Pro models will come with additional ports, which is great news as customers will not have to invest in additional dongles. This time there will be no Intel-powered options and Apple will use its own M1 processors in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, Kuo said.
Additionally, the revamped 16-inch MacBook Pro may feature the same heat pipe design found on the current Intel-powered model. Considering how efficient the Processor M1 it is fanless and passive cooling only, it would be quite interesting to see what performance could be like with active cooling and presumably two fans.
Speaking of the release date of these new MacBook Pro models, Kuo said that they can be expected in the third quarter of this year. A recent report suggested the next M1-powered MacBook Pro models could be released in March or April, so it’s unclear when they’ll see the light of day. Interestingly, this time the report citing Kuo doesn’t mention anything about mini-LED displays for the new MacBook Pro models.
Lastly, Kuo shared that the next iPhone models for 2021 may come with vapour chamber cooling, as Apple is “aggressively testing” this new thermal system. The report mentions that it will be necessary for high-end iPhone models, which could be the Pro and Pro Max models.
So far, Apple hasn’t officially shared any information about the rumoured MacBook Pro models, so this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.