New redesigned MacBook Pro: MacBook Pro fans have been having a tough time of it lately. While rumors of a brand new MacBook Pro 14 and an updated MacBook Pro 16 have been going around for what seems like forever, a number of potential release dates have remained without a single glimpse of Apple’s shiny new laptop. Now another possible release date has surfaced.
According to a DigiTimes report, Apple is preparing to announce new MacBook Pro models late in the third quarter of this year. The third quarter runs from July 1 to September 30, so DigiTimes’ forecast points to a September launch date.
This coincides with another recent prediction, this time from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who has extensive experience in covering Apple news and rumors. In his weekly newsletter, he stated that “Apple is preparing a new entry-level iPad for students, as well as updated MacBook Pros and iPad minis coming later this year.”
Gurman also explained that Apple product news will be quiet over the next few weeks, which seems to put an end to the idea of new MacBook Pros coming soon. The September presentation could mean that Apple plans to introduce the laptops along with the iPhone 13, which is traditionally updated in September.
In addition to the MacBook Pro announcement date, the DigiTimes report also suggests that the new MacBook Pros will peak in October 2021. This suggests that Apple will likely introduce the MacBook Pro in September, but won’t start shipping them to customers until October, and could hint that Apple’s September event will likely take place in the second half of September, since Apple often leaves a week or two between product announcement and shipping date.
Another tidbit from DigiTimes: Apple plans to increase its investment in mini LED panels. The MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 are rumored to use mini-LED screen technology to greatly improve image quality, and the latest report seems to confirm this version.
Also planned for the new MacBooks are a new flat-edge design, a greater variety of ports (including the return of MagSafe) and an updated Apple Silicon chip. It looks like this will be the biggest upgrade to the MacBook Pro since it was updated in 2016.