Release date, prices, M1X, and all the other rumors we’ve heard about the MacBook Pro 2021

Release date, prices, M1X, and all the other rumors we’ve heard about the MacBook Pro 2021

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  • That follows a similar trend we’ve seen in Windows laptops and the same approach Apple took when it transitioned from the 15-inch to 16-inch MacBook Pro models. If the 14-inch uses a new panel technology as indicated by the resolution rumor below, that would explain a price hike as well.

  • In addition to an upgraded model of a 16-inch MacBook Pro, we might be in for a 14-inch replacement for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could mean a 14-inch screen that fits into the chassis roughly the same size as the 13 — thanks to smaller screen bezels.

A Mini-LED backlight-based display seems to be another given, and an extremely welcome one: It would allow MacBook Pros to better support HDR at higher brightness and with better local dimming, essential for video editing or producing content for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and its Mini-LED screen. Hopefully, it will be accompanied by an update allowing the MacBook Pro to play HDR content in 4K.

Apple always likes to keep to a given range for its Retina screens, but the latter differs only slightly from the current 3,072×1,920; that’s a strong sign that Apple will be offering a new panel.

MacRumors spotted a reference to new screen resolutions in a late beta of MacOS Monterey: “3,456 x 2,234 Retina” and “3,024 x 1,964 Retina.” The first would deliver almost the identical pixel density — 226 ppi — as the current 16-inch MacBook display.

Rumors here vary. Almost every device Apple has announced this year, from the iPad to the iMac, has adopted the flat-edged profile aesthetic that harkens back to the iPhone 4. But it remains to be seen if Apple will adopt that for the MacBook Pro, given its clamshell design. And there hasn’t been much traction to suggestions that the MacBooks might come in bright colors a la the iMac 24.

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