Apple has some interesting plans for its line of MacBook Pro laptops this year 2021, as models with a new design can be expected to turn the current 13-inch model into a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a display. bigger.
Many new features will arrive with this new range, although without a doubt the big protagonist will be the new Apple M1 chip (the same one that has already appeared in entry-level models). There are also reports that refer to the return of MagSafe and the demise of the Touch Bar.
You can read our review full of 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020).
In this article, we want to explain all the news that has arisen around the MacBook Pro 14 along the way, also discussing the release date of the new MacBook Pro, the price it might have, rumors in the specs and other features of it. new model.
New 14-inch MacBook Pro release date
Rumors of a 14-inch MacBook Pro have been circulating for some time. Already in the past, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had suggested that the 14-inch MacBook pro would be there by the end of 2020, which was not produced.
Apple’s plans appear to have been slightly disrupted by the pandemic situation that has affected the components supply chain. The delay could also be due to the first implementation of mini LED screens in the new models.
Twitter user L0vetodream and Jon Prosser agree that the 14-inch MacBook Pro will arrive sometime in 2021, as soon as possible:
in my dream MBP14 next year
– Did you do something (@ L0vetodream)
May 11, 2020
However, in early January and as we reported to igamesnews UK, Kuo reiterated in a note to investors that new MacBook Pro models are unlikely to arrive before Q3 2021. We hope it will appear. earlier, possibly coinciding with the WWDC 2021 celebration which takes place in June.
It is also not known what kind of chip these new MacBook Pro M1 would implement, but already last year there was talk of a 12-core chip, known as M1X, suggesting that it could reach the Model 16. inches and deliver eight performance cores. and four high efficiency cores.
This is something that remains to be seen, given that Apple is also to power the 16-inch MacBook Pro model, the configuration in which the most powerful chip with more cores of this new era of Apple’s Silicon M1 would be installed.
As we already know the news of MacBook computers equipped with the M1 chip (the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13), Apple seems to have decided to leave its implementation in other models for the year 2021. It seems clear that the MacBook Pro 16 receives it, but the 14-inch model is in line with the 13-inch.
So, it could be that Apple chooses to continue with the 13-inch model line to the detriment, at least for now, of the 14-inch model that has been so popular in recent years.
New 14-inch MacBook Pro design
When the 16-inch MacBook Pro launched in November 2019, it got a bigger screen thanks to the reduced bezels (you can see the difference in the image above – the old model is on the left).
Following the arrival of this model, there have been rumors that Apple may replace the current 13-inch MacBook Pro with a model with a larger screen. This does not mean that the dimensions of the current 13-inch model will change.
In fact, the idea is for Apple to offer a 14-inch MacBook Pro simply by reducing bezels and bezels around the screen of current models. It should be noted here that the 13in MacBook Pro is actually 13.3in.
However, the 14-inch MacBook Pro might never come true. Apple’s Phil Schiller was asked in November last year about the likelihood of fitting a larger screen into the 13-inch MacBook Pro, to which he replied that “I wouldn’t extrapolate any extrapolation from the 16-inch MacBook Pro.” .
Despite what Schiller has said, we believe the 13in MacBook Pro may have a larger screen like the 16in MacBook, but these are new features that might come with others.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that Apple will add a Mini-LED display to the MacBook Pro (as well as other products it makes, including the iPad Pro). Kuo suggested in a March 2020 investor note that Apple would replace its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 14.1-inch model with a mini-LCD display.
However, this new display technology might not arrive until 2021 or even later. Kuo had previously suggested that a 16-inch model with mini LEDs could launch in the fourth quarter of 2020, but delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have reportedly pushed the dates back to 2021.
Another thing we’d like to see on the MacBook Pro is a touchscreen. We explain why it’s time for Apple to change its mind and start bringing touchscreen Macs to their desktops in this article: Why Apple Needs a Touchscreen MacBook.
One of the main reasons we need to start typing on Macs may be the fact that Apple has chosen to switch to Apple Silicon processors to allow the use of iOS apps on Macs, which would imply the possibility of type.
New features and specifications
Whether it’s a new design or not, there will likely be some changes inside in terms of the processor and possibly storage options. Next, we’ll see the specs that we hope to see in the new Macbook Pro.
There have been a few design changes inside the 16in Macbook Pro that could result in the newer 13in models. In fact, there have been changes in the internal thermal management, the larger heatsink, and changes in the design of the fan, motherboard, and heat sink.
It is probably partly necessary to be able to accommodate a larger battery of 100 W and the additional power of 12 W. In summary, these are the novelties that you can find:
- 13-inch MacBook Pro
8th Generation Intel Core i5 1.4GHz quad-core processor (3.9GHz TB); Graphics Iris Plus Graphics 645; 8 GB of RAM at 2133 MHz, two Thunderbolt ports. Price: 256 GB – $ 1,499 / 512 GB – $ 1,749 / 16 GB and 512 GB of RAM – $ 2,129
- 16-inch MacBook Pro
2.6GHz 9th Generation Intel Core i7 Six-Core Processor (4.8GHz TB); AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card with 4 GB GDDR6; 16 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM, two Thunderbolt ports. Price: 512 GB – $ 2,699 / 1 TB – $ 3199
Apple has revealed that future Macs will work with Apple Silicon M1, the name it gives to its brand new processor architecture. Learn more about this novelty in our article The first Mac with the new Apple Silicon chip will arrive in 2020.
However, as we have already seen, Apple has chosen to keep in its product portfolio both MacBook models with M1 chips, as well as models of previous generations with Intel Core chipset, facilitating the transition in use. technologies and applications, since not all are currently adapted by developers.
Apple Silicon while retaining the range of MacBook laptops with Intel Core. You can see the behavior of both in the article Comparison: Apple Silicon vs Intel.
The current 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro offers Intel Iris Plus graphics which are integrated into Intel’s own processor. For its part, the new Apple Silicon M1 architecture integrates its own GPU with eight graphics cores and excellent performance in these new Macs.
Here, Apple’s strategy seems clear, and it is none other than to keep in computers the amount of 16 GB of RAM as standard and to reject configurations with a lower figure which is currently 8 GB.
Speakers and microphone
We can maybe see an improvement in terms of the speakers, but without major changes. Upgrades to the 16 inch model may not be possible for the little ones due to limited space.
When it comes to the microphone, the 13-inch model probably doesn’t need the three-microphone studio array required by power users who use the equipment to compose or manage recording tracks.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 100W battery (which is the largest battery allowed by laptops to get on the plane, in the space called the passenger cabin).
The 13-inch model has a 58.2 W battery in the base 1.4 GHz models, while it remains at 58 W in the 2.4 GHz models. Both offer up to 10 hours of battery life under typical usage conditions.
The MacBook Pro 13 model with Apple Silicon stands out according to Apple for increasing the battery life of the equipment, but it’s something we’ll have to see when we get a chance to review. The MacBook Air, for example, offers 12 hours of battery life with a 49.9 W battery.
Face ID and webcam
We would like to see a better FaceTime camera on MacBooks. And is that the current MacBook Pro still offers a 720p camera compared to the FaceTime camera (also known as a selfie) in the iPhone 11 lineup, which offers HD video recording at 1080p and a 12 MP camera.
This iPhone 11 camera is also TrueDepth, so it also offers Face ID, something we’d love to see appear in the MacBook lineup. The developers have already verified that the beta of macOS Big Sur has code that suggests the use of TrueDepth.
Apple really needs to improve its strategy here, especially now that video calling and online conferencing has become so popular that there will be no turning back to continue using technology as a means of communication.
While the new settings arrive, you can always check out the article on the best webcam for Mac, where you will find up to 5 different models with which you can significantly improve the quality.
Another novelty offered by the iPhone 11 range is wireless connectivity in 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 mode. So far, it has not appeared on any Mac laptop or desktop.
It’s something we’d love to see, but it seems unlikely that the smaller MacBook Pro model will get it any sooner than the 16in model, which is considered larger. premium.