Apple could launch new MacBook Pro models with an HDMI port and an SD card reader, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He also suggested that upcoming MacBook units could have “several” notable design changes as well as specification upgrades, aside from the possible additions mentioned above. Kuo’s latest forecast follows its note last month, which suggested the Cupertino-based company may be working on 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro variants. The new models may also come with a flat-rimmed form factor similar to the iPhone 12 series.
According to a report by MacRumors, citing an investor note from Kuo, Apple may release new MacBook Pro models this year with a convenient SD card reader and an HDMI port. Kuo wrote in his memo: “We anticipate that Apple’s two new MacBook Pro models in 2:21 will undergo several significant design and specification changes.” While Kuo suggests an H2 2021 release for the new MacBook Pro lineup (which seems likely given Apple’s usual annual routine), it’s worth noting that Apple has not officially confirmed any release dates or specification detail for this year’s MacBook Pro series.
Earlier in January, Kuo predicted that Apple could launch 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops later this year. Perhaps powered by Apple’s own M1 or supposed M1X processor, upcoming MacBook Pro models could sport a flat form factor, as seen on the new iPhone 12 models.
Kuo also suggested that new laptops might not carry the OLED Touch Bar and come with physical function keys instead. The analyst also said that the new MacBook Pro could replace the USB Type-C charging port with the MagSafe charging connector.
Apple also launched a battery replacement program for select MacBook Pro models earlier this month. The plan is to replace battery units on the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models that don’t charge beyond one percent. If your laptop is currently facing a similar issue and is eligible for the programmer, you can contact Apple Support and have the defective battery replaced for free.
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