Mini-LED MacBook Pros should launch before end of September

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The next 16-inch MacBook Pro could finally make the jump from rumor to reality in September.
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The long wait for redesigned 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models is probably nearing its end. A reliable source for Apple info says these Macs will arrive in September at the latest, and will come with mini-LED screens.

These will be followed in mid-2022 by a MacBook Air that also will boast a mini-LED display.

Expect MacBook Pro upgrades in Q3 2021

Leaks and rumors about 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models have been circulating for months, and for a time were even expected at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. But the wait goes on … for now.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities said in a Tuesday note to investors (seen by Cult of Mac) that the new models will be out in the third quarter of 2021. That quarter, of course, ends in September.

This isn’t surprising, as the macOS laptops are reportedly already in production. Still, Kuo’s note means the devices probably won‘t remain in limbo until October.

One of the reasons people are eager to get the 2021 MacBook Pro lineup is the mini-LED displays, which should give them greater contrast ratios between brighter areas of the screen and darker ones. They also could bring back the SD card reader and HDMI port. And they’ll have faster Apple processors, whether the M1X or M2.

And a 2022 MacBook Air, too

Kuo also brought up the next MacBook Air in Tuesday’s note to investors. “Apple will launch an all-new design MacBook Air around mid-2022,” Kuo wrote. “One of the main selling points of this new model is the adoption of a Mini LED display.” But this is a topic he’s covered before.

Kuo is one of the more reliable (although not infallible) Apple analysts/reporters. According to AppleTrack, his accuracy rating sits at 76.6%.