The release of the Apple MacBook Pro 2021 release could see a third of owners of current models rush to upgrade to the latest laptop, according to an analyst.
Apple is set to unleash the long-awaited M1X-powered MacBook Pro during the Unleashed event this coming Monday, which will prompt at least 30% to splash out on a new professionally-specced laptop.
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ive says the MBP 2021 is likely to be a “game changer” for the time-tested high-end laptop range, which is set to arrive in 14-inch and 16-inch options.
In a company report, he writes: “The star of the show at the event will be the new M1X- powered MacBook Pros with 14-inch and 16-inch models. The new MacBook Pros are expected to feature a mini-LED display, an HDMI port, MagSafe for charging, among other new feature.”
“The proprietary M1X processor is the foundational part of this MacBook and ultimately we believe will be a game changer that will convert 30%+ of current MacBook users to upgrade over the next year catalysing growth on this hardware segment.”
If that prediction comes to fruition, it would represent a staggering boost for Apple’s Mac hardware division, which has already been buoyed by the arrival of Apple Silicon models, replacing the Intel devices.
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The M1X processor is likely to supercharge the range. It’s expected to be a ‘Pro’ variant of the existing M1 chip, featuring the same first-generation Apple Silicon architecture, boosted by additional CPU and GPU cores.
The addition of iPad Pro-like mini LED panels with a 120Hz refresh rate could also be an excellent upgrade for creatives working in video editing. The return of MagSafe charging, as has been rumoured would also be a nice boost for purists.
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