Originally planned for a 2021 launch, Apple’s fully redesigned MacBook Pros could be delayed until 2022. Notebooks are expected to debut new mini-LED display technology in 14- and 16-inch form factor and come with refreshed Apple Silicon under the hood, according to recently unconfirmed reports.
Now, according to Digitimes, a Taiwanese publication with a mixed track record for predicting Apple rumors, the mini-LED MacBook series will be postponed until 2022, with MacRumors citing paid content from the publication. Details about the reason for the delay were not provided by any news outlet, and there is speculation that Apple may face some manufacturing challenges to the new display technology in its notebooks.
When Apple launched its own Silicon, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini in late 2020, it continued to use existing designs from pre-generation Intel-based models. It was expected that Apple was saving a major design overhaul to launch its second-generation model with a fresh Apple-built processor, and those models were widely anticipated to arrive in late 2021. .
In addition to the new screen sizes – it appears that the 13-inch MacBook Pro may be canned in favor of a 14-inch option that has been a popular choice on business-class Windows laptops such as Lenovo’s slim ThinkPad X1 Carbon – And display technology MacBook Pro can bring major changes in Apple’s laptop design. Previously, it was reported that the Mac maker could eliminate its controversial touch bar in favor of a more traditional keyboard design, reintroducing an SD card reader that was widely used by creatives working in filmmaking and photography Form requested, and potentially bringing back MagSafe in some form. , Like the recently introduced M1-powered iMac all-in-one desktop. While Apple introduced bold new color options on its iMac, we do not expect fizzy colors to make their way to Apple’s pro-grade laptops.
Prior to the publication of the DigiTimes report, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asia previously reported that mass production of the two MacBook models was delayed from the start date of May or June of this year to the second half of 2021. If true, construction delays may be the culprit that the DigiTimes relied on for their reporting.
If these reports are accurate, it’s unclear whether Apple will offer a MacBook Pro refresh later this year before unveiling a new design next year. If new models with refreshed silicon are still on Apple’s road map, the company may once again bring the M2 processor to the same design used on its most recent Intel-based laptop. While the M1 processor brought significant performance improvements to the processor and integrated GPU, providing strong battery life on Mac notebooks, the M2 processor is expected to be even more powerful.
Apple’s M1 Silicon is also currently found on the company’s latest iPad Pro model, which recently debuted with a completely redesigned iMac. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses a new mini-LED backlighting technology for its display, bringing some of the best features of Apple’s $ 6,000 Pro Display XDR monitor to the portable form factor. The company calls the Tablet Screen Tech Liquid Retina XDR display, and it comes with 10,000 mini LEDs for backlighting on HDR- and Dolby Vision-compatible screens that can reach 1,600 nits of peak brightness.