Apple’s forthcoming MacBook Pros were erroneously expected by some to show up at this year’s WWDC. But according to a report from Digitimes, the next-gen Apple notebooks will not launch until the third quarter of 2021. This could be due to a lower-than-expected production yield for the mini LED screens for the computer.
The new 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to be the biggest MacBook Pro redesign in quite a while. They are likely to sport a redesigned chassis, offer a returning built-in SD card reader and HDMI port and a restored MagSafe charger. They will also boast the next generation of Apple Silicon processor, and will supposedly ditch the controversial Touch Bar as well. The question is when exactly fans will be able to get their hands on them!
The rumored third quarter launch could be a delay. But it would also make a lot of sense. Apple introduced its first M1 MacBook Pros in November 2020. If Apple had unveiled the next-gen MacBook Pro in June, as some thought, that would mean a seven-month lifecycle for Apple’s first generation Apple Silicon MacBook Pro. This wouldn’t be totally out of the question for Apple, which has, at various times, had a similar gap between MacBook Pro models. But given how significant the first Apple Silicon MacBook is/was, some would likely feel shortchanged if it was out of date within half a year of its arrival.
Of course, since calendar Q3 commences in July, there’s a chance that the new MacBook Pros could show up as soon as next month — or as late as September.
The transition to mini LED
Apple’s transition to mini LED displays is still in its infancy. Apple debuted its mini LED screens for the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro under the branding “Liquid Retina XDR display.” The new screen tech offers improved image quality which, while not quite on the level of the OLED displays seen on the iPhone, is certainly a big step up from LCD. This will be Apple’s first time using it for a MacBook.