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New reports suggest MacBook Pro 2021 will see a major design update

New reports suggest the MacBook Pro 2021 is getting a huge redesign in the third quarter of 2021, with Apple introducing a 14-inch model and upgrading the 16-inch Pro with Apple Silicon

MacRumors reports that renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed the MacBook Pro 2021 redesign to investors, while also revealing a number of specific alterations.

Kuo reportedly said Apple will be ditching the OLED touch bar (replacing it with the traditional function keys), restoring the ‌MagSafe‌ charging connector and adopting a new “flat-edged” case design in the same vein as the ‌iPhone 12‌. Apple will also apparently be adding more port connections, so users will no longer have to be reliant on dongles and USB-C connectivity.

Reports suggest that Apple will be ditching Intel processors altogether for the MacBook Pro 2021 line, as the transition to Apple Silicon continues. Renowned Apple leaker @LeaksApplePro claims the new Pro laptops will feature a new Apple M1X chip with 12 cores (made up of 8 performance cores and 4 high efficiency cores). The leaker also cited a source as saying, “If you think M1 is fast, you haven’t seen M1X”.

Somewhat contradictory, Bloomberg has claimed future MacBook Pro laptops could feature Apple Silicon processors with “as many as 16 power cores and four efficiency cores” although did clarify that only 8 or 12 of those performance cores may be enabled.

For everything else we know about the upcoming Apple MacBook Pro 2021 keep scrolling down, and make sure this page is bookmarked for future updates.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2021 release date – When will it launch?

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 laptops will launch in the third quarter of 2021.

This information comes courtesy of trustworthy Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via Mac Rumours), who was correct in predicting that the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro would be the first laptops to feature Apple Silicon.

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 price – How much will it cost?

There’s been no indication of price so far, but it’s possible Apple will stick to the same price point as the latest Intel MacBook Pro model, as it did with the Apple Silicon MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The existing 16-inch MacBook Pro currently has a £2399 starting price, although we’ve no idea how much Apple will charge for the rumoured 14-inch MacBook Pro.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is rumoured to get an Apple Silicon upgrade this year

16-inch MacBook Pro 2019

Apple MacBook Pro 2021 specs – How powerful will it be?

The one thing we know for sure about the MacBook Pro 2021 specs is that it will feature Apple Silicon. Twitter account LeaksApplePro suggests this new chip could be called ‘M1X’ although did clarify that the name is not final.

A report from Bloomberg claims this new MacBook Pro chip could feature up to 16 power cores and four efficiency cores, as Apple aims to outperform Intel’s fastest processors. Bloomberg also reports that “Apple is testing 16-core and 32-core graphics parts” which is a substantial increase from the 8-core GPU found in the existing Apple M1 chip. All of the signs point towards Apple launching one of the more powerful laptops on the market.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests there will be no Intel configuration made available for the MacBook Pro 2021, although other leakers (including @L0vetodream) have previously suggested the contrary.

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Apple MacBook Pro 2021 design – How will it look?

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that 2021 will see “the most significant design update to the MacBook Pro in the last five years.”

Such a redesign will apparently see Apple ditch the TouchBar, implement its MagSafe‌ charging connector and introduce a new case design with a more “flat-edged form factor” akin to the iPhone 12.

A 14-inch model will reportedly be added to the line-up too, which would be great for creative professionals who like to work on the go. Maybe Apple will even be able to reduce the heft of the 16-inch model, although that’s just wishful thinking on our part.

We also expect Apple to retain the super-skinny bezel that was introduced in the 2019 model, as well as the scissor-switch keyboard that represents a massive improvement on the previous Butterfly switches.

Curiously, Kuo made no mention of the rumoured mini LED display. The inclusion of a mini LED display would potentially offer superior contrast, wide colour gamut performance and HDR compared to existing Apple laptop displays. But doubt has now been cast on this feature since it wasn’t mentioned in the recent leaks.

Keep this page bookmarked for future updates on the MacBook Pro 2021.