There are rumors now about two new MacBook Pro models that Apple is supposed to have been built with a more powerful M1X (or M2) chip for a few months. Although at WWDC 2021 on 7 June we couldn’t see anything unveiled, new information shows that we may not have to wait a lot longer to see what Apple has done.
LeaksApplePro predicts that at least one of the new MacBook Pro models will be released in Week 31, though no details on which of the two will be released first.
Both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to have a mini-LED display, similar to the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2021, which received the M1 treatment earlier this year. We weren’t expecting either of the two new models to hit the shelves until possibly as late as 2022, as it was previously reported that key display components won’t ship to Apple factories until Q3 of 2021.
Leaks Given ongoing production delays for essential components like those mini-LED displays and a global silicon shortage, the predicted dates mentioned by ApplePro could be subject to change, but WCCFTech points out in its reporting that they haven’t had the best track record when it comes to accuracy with leaked information, so take this with a grain of salt.
For the record: pic.twitter.com/288CjGIqqG— LeaksApplePro (@LeaksApplePro) June 15, 2021
There’s a lot of anticipation for these new MacBook Pro devices, not only because they’ll be powered by the successor to the excellent M1 SoC (system-on-a-chip), but also because they’ll be redesigned to remove the Touch Bar and reintroduce old features like MagSafe, a built-in SD card reader, and even a full-sized HDMI.
Because of how impressive and comparatively affordable the MacBook Air 2021 is, we ranked it first on our list of the best laptops you can buy right now, but creatives or professionals in demanding industries will need something with a little more ‘oomph.’
We don’t know much about the rumored M1X, but it’s been said that it’s powerful enough to compete with the RTX 3070 laptop GPU. We’re intrigued, to say the least.
Don’t put too much faith in buying a new MacBook Pro in August, given that we have no way of verifying the leaked date (and how likely it is to change). We remain hopeful, but until Apple makes an official announcement, we can only take solace in the fact that it is currently confident in its ability to meet the release window despite supply chain issues.