Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed some interesting details about the upcoming MacBook Pro. Kuo explains that this is the first big laptop design in five years and it will show a new design. A more significant upgrade over the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2019, the new MacBook Pro will be 14-inch and 16-inch and feature ARM Apple silicon instead of Intel CPUs.
However, Kuo shares an even more surprising tidbit: the Touch Bar goes for physical function buttons, the MagSafe charging connector returns with an additional built-in IO port, meaning most users won’t need to purchase a dong. Going further to Kuo …
The new chassis design is said to have split the sides on both the top and bottom of the chassis, matching the flat edge design trend that started with the 2018 iPad Pro and introduced it in the iPhone 12C. 2020 series (Of course, the new MacBook Pro series will have Apple ARM CPUs, but Kuo did not release details about the chip’s performance in today’s report).
The Touch Bar has apparently been completely removed, with the new MacBook Pro having a row of function keys. This is interesting compared to the fact that the low-end 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro was released last fall and it comes with a Touch Bar, although all of the first M1 Macs have the same hardware design. Compared to the previous model
Apple announced the Touch Bar as the future of the Mac input method when it launched the 2016 MacBook Pro, but the feature was never realized or used to its potential.Many Mac users simply wanted physical buttons that they could touch. Can be done with a finger without looking down at the touch screen. Five years since its launch, Apple seems to have heeded the suggestion and the Touch Bar will be discontinued from the MacBook lineup.
Kuo didn’t specify what IO ports the current MacBook Pro has, with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, two on each side. As for the context, the pre-2016 models offered and the SD card slots, HDMI and USB-A ports, the USB-C port is technically superior and can carry data with much higher bandwidth. But the truth is that today’s MacBook Pro features USB-C specific, basically means users have to buy and carry multiple dongles. Things like an SD card slot are more elegant built in.
One of the major advantages of all USB-C designs is that customers can plug in a power source and charge their MacBook Pro with any port on either side of the machine.Kuo said the MagSafe power connector is making a comeback, but. It is not stated if this means whether the left or right charging capability will be lost or not. Note that the report explicitly states that the MagSafe return is due to a magnetic power connector like older MacBooks and not some wireless inductive charging systems like the iPhone 12’s “MagSafe”.
All in all, it looks like Apple is meeting the needs of customers who have missed or might still be running the 2015 MacBook Pro with the return of traditional IO ports, physical function buttons, and MagSafe for power. The original feature set will be encased in a completely new exterior design, and of course the machine will be quickly powered by an Apple-designed ARM chip.The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to launch in the third quarter of this year. Year 2021
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