MacBook Pro 2021: M1 Max, MagSafe, no Touch Bar, the latest info before launch
Apple will hold a new conference at 7 p.m. at which it will present two new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, of which we already know almost all the technical characteristics.
According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, chips for the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, due at 7 p.m. tonight, have been spotted in developer application logs under the names of “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max”. It is not certain that Apple will use these names for the final versions of its processors, knowing that everything previously indicated that the chips would be called M1X, thus repeating the naming scheme used for iPad A series chips.
We know that these will be significantly more powerful than the current M1 chips found in MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac or even Mac mini. Indeed, two new variants are expected, both with 10 CPU cores (against 8 on the m1 chip). An entry-level version would include a 16-core GPU, while the high-end model would have a 32-core GPU. Next year, Apple could unveil a new generation of M2 chips on the occasion of the release of its new colorful MacBook Air.
No more Touch Bar, but the return of the MagSafe magnetic charger
In its “Power On” newsletter, Gurman reiterates previously announced features, including new display definitions and a mini-LED screen, like the recent 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to an anonymous source, the definitions of 3,024 by 1,964 pixels and 3,456 by 2,234 pixels appeared in app scans, which suggests that it will again be a 16:10 ratio.
We also know that these screens would offer a refresh rate of 120 Hz, just like the new iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. In addition, like iPhones, Apple should use a notch on its laptops with a 1080p webcam, but Face ID will not be there.
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This new generation of MacBook Pro will mark the return of the MagSafe magnetic charger which had been abandoned a few generations ago. For the occasion, Apple could also revise the reloading speeds upwards. Finally, we know that the Touch Bar, this OLED touch screen placed above the keyboard, will disappear on the new MacBook Pros. It would be replaced by the old function keys, which should be the same size as the other standard keys on the keyboard. See you tonight at 7 p.m. to find out more.