Apple’s rumored fall launch of new MacBook Pro models is getting more credible, with a report reiterating a potential launch before the end of 2021, complete with mini LED displays.
Various predictions have featured the narrative that Apple will release a 14-inch MacBook Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro by the end of the year. While production of the new models is believed to be underway according to some analysts, a new report has doubled down on the claim.
In the Bloomberg “Switched on” NewsletterMark Gurman claims that the announcement of the new models will take place sometime between September and November. Gurman says the models were supposed to launch earlier, “but complications around the new mini LED display have delayed production.”
A June supply chain report highlighted the shortage in mini LED production plaguing the MacBook Pro, but that production itself will occur between July and September.
Gurman’s claim re-raises the idea of an LED-backlit mini MacBook Pro, which could provide several display benefits as seen on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. By using thousands of mini LED backlights, the display’s contrast ratio can reach 1 million to 1, with improved color rendering and better HDR support.
Previous rumors say the new models get an upgraded 1080p webcam, new chips like the M1X, and possibly the return of port options like an HDMI port, SD card slot, and MagSafe charging.
On July 16, Apple Germany’s online description was reported to have erroneously described the 16-inch MacBook Pro as having an Apple Silicon M1 processor, under specific circumstances.
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