Apple is set to make a new design to the 2021 MacBook Pro and do away with the Touch Bar. This redesign is to be released by the third quarter of 2021 and will feature the reintroduction of MagSafe.
The news was reported by MacRumors, Apple Insider, and 9to5Mac when they discovered a research note written by TF International Securities analyst, Ming-chi Kuo. Kuo describes the new design as the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016 when the present generation was introduced.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman stated that the new MacBook Pro will be similar to iPad Pro and the recently released iPhone 12 in shape as it will come with squared-off sides. The current MacBook Pro already has sharp edges, however, the new model will have top and bottom panels that are flatter than it.
Gurman further described the new MacBook Pro and revealed that the screens will be 14 and 16 inches wide and will feature Arm processors designed by Apple with no Intel options. The laptop’s heat pipe system will be identical to that of the current 16-inch model.
This will enable better and higher performance because of the presence of large thermal headroom. The displays will also be brighter and higher than the current model’s.
The OLED touch bar is being replaced by physical function keys as Apple looks to be going back on some of the changes it made with the present model that were deemed controversial. The MagSafe magnetic charging connector will also be brought back and will be similar to the discontinued MagSafe port that had an elongated pill-shaped design.
In November 2019, a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 processor was released, however, the model’s hardware was quite similar to the Intel version that is already in existence. Putting Kuo’s words into consideration, we foresee the next models to be a huge improvement.