The renowned Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed information on Apple’s future updated MacBook Pro, which is anticipated to launch in Q3 2021. The new models will, in the analyst’s estimation from TF International Securities, include MagSafe, more ports, no Touch Bar, and a new, “flat-edged” appearance.
The devices’ “all-new design form factor,” which is rumoured to be available in 14-inch and 16-inch versions, is anticipated to mimic the looks of the iPad Pro of the current generation and the just-released iPhone 12, and will be powered by Apple Silicon rather than Intel CPUs.
The Touch Bar, the OLED panel at the top of the keyboard that enables users to interact with their Mac with dynamic controls, will be removed, according to Kuo. This is probably because few developers have included Touch Bar controls in their apps and many Mac users still miss the row of function keys the Touch Bar replaced.
The absence of IO ports on Apple’s most recent portable Mac models is one of the greatest complaints. Kuo claims Apple would fix this with this year’s MacBook Pro model, which will have more ports, however no specifics about the additional ports were provided.
According to Kuo, shipments of MacBooks would increase by 25–30% annually to 20 million units in 2021, with the updated versions predicted to make up 60–70% of total shipments.
As some had anticipated, there was no mention of Face ID being included to the next MacBook Pro. Since the next models won’t feature a Touch Bar like the MacBook Air, Apple probably won’t remove Touch ID from them.