According to two reputable sources, Apple will introduce major design changes to the 2021 MacBook Pro.
Today, trusted analyst Kuo and Bloomberg released exciting new details on the MacBook Pro coming in 2021.
According to Kuo, Apple is developing two 14-inch and 16-inch models. The new MacBook Pro will feature a flat-edged design, which Kuo describes as “iPhone 12-like” with no curves like current models. It will be the most significant design update for the MacBook Pro of the past five years. Additionally, the new machines will obviously be powered by Apple’s ARM CPU, but Kuo doesn’t share any further details.
Apple will officially remove the Touch Bar, which will be replaced by physical function keys. Apple announced the Touch Bar as the future of the Mac input method when the 2016 MacBook Pro was unveiled, but the feature never met the hoped-for success. Many Mac users simply want physical keys that they can feel with their fingers without looking at the touch screen.
The analyst also says that the MagSafe magnetic charging connector will return on the new models, although it’s not entirely clear what that means as Apple switched to USB-C, and they will be equipped with more integrated IO ports. Kuo doesn’t specify exactly which IO ports will be offered. Current MacBook Pro models have four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, two on each side.
In summary, it looks like Apple will cater to customer demands.
Gurman also talked about the new MacBooks, stating that the MagSafe technology of the new MacBook Pro 2021 will have a design similar to that adopted by Apple in the past. Gurman also says that the return to MagSafe technology will allow for faster-charging speeds.
Furthermore, Gurman also talks about the displays of the new machines. According to the report, MacBook Pro will use “brighter, higher contrast displays”.
Finally, Gurman notes that Apple is also planning a redesign for the MacBook Air, but this model will arrive several months after the launch of the new MacBook Pro 2021.