Apple delayed plans to start mass-producing its next-gen MacBook Pro until this fall, according to a new report from Nikkei Asia. Originally, Cupertino was expected to start building the new laptops in May or June.
This MacBook Pro is widely expected to boast a new form factor and come in both 14- and 16-inch screen sizes. It is also anticipated to kill off the LED Touch Bar in favor of a row of physical keys, bring back the MagSafe charger, feature a built-in SD card reader and HDMI port, and sport a fancy mini-LED display.
In other words, it sounds like it’ll be worth the wait. But you will likely be waiting.
The report doesn’t provide an exact planned release date for the new MacBook. This would be the second-gen Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. The first shipped in November 17, 2020. In other words, most people probably wouldn’t expect to see a new MacBook Pro until late this year as it is. However, there’s a chance that Apple planned for them to see it a bit earlier until plans changed.
Wednesday’s report from Nikkei Asia doesn’t say why the new MacBook has supposedly been delayed. One possible explanation could be ongoing manufacturing challenges involving component shortages.
In January, Apple CFO Luca Maestri told investors that Apple still struggled with constrained supplies. However, he brought this up with reference to the iPhone, which Apple produces in significantly higher quantities than it does MacBooks. It’s not clear if Apple’s laptops face the same problem.
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Source: Nikkei Asia