Apple is to launch a redesigned 2021 MacBook Pro in the third quarter and say goodbye to the divisive Touch Bar, and Hello again to MagSafe.
The news was first reported on by MacRumors, 9to5Mac, and Apple Insider following a research note written by TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo.
Kuo called it “the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since the introduction of the current generation in 2016.”
According to Mark Gurman, The new MacBook Pro will come with squared-off sides like the Ipad Pro and the iPhone12. It will boast 14 or 16-inch screens that will offer “brighter, higher contrast,” and feature only Apple-designed Arm processors, with no Intel options.
New story: For new high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Apple indeed plans return of MagSafe, the end of the Touch Bar (finally), brighter screens, minor design changes, next-gen M-series chips and more. Launch around mid-2021. https://t.co/eL3r06oexW
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) January 15, 2021
But what many users will notice is elsewhere. Kuo believes that the 2021 MacBook Pro will get rid of the divisive OLED Touch Bar and bring back physical function keys. Apple could also bring back the MagSafe magnetic charging connector and a wider range of ports, reducing the need for costly dongles.
All in all, it looks like the 2021 MacBook Pro could try to bring back many beloved MacBook features and get rid of the more recent ones that failed to convince consumers.
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