Following today’s report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlining major changes for the next-generation MacBook Pro models coming in the third quarter of this year, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has weighed in with his own report corroborating some of the details but seemingly differing a bit on others.
First, Gurman shares more details on the return of
MagSafe charging to the MacBook Pro, indicating that it will indeed be a similar design to the previous incarnation of MagSafe on Mac notebooks. Gurman also says the shift back to dedicated MagSafe charging will allow for faster charging speeds.
Gurman says the new MacBook Pro models will unsurprisingly continue to support USB-C, with two USB-C ports located next to the MagSafe port, and presumably two more USB-C ports on the other side of the machine.
Bloomberg‘s report also offers a tidbit about the displays on the upcoming MacBook Pro models, indicating they will use “brighter, higher-contrast panels.” The machines will also of course come equipped with Apple silicon chips offering more processing cores and improved graphics compared to the M1 found in the first batch of Apple silicon Macs.
As for the design of the new MacBook Pro models, Kuo had indicated that they would receive an iPhone 12-style redesign with flat edges, but Gurman seems to downplay the significance of any changes, indicating that they will “look similar” to the current models but with “minor design changes.”
Gurman also says that Apple has “tested” versions of the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, while Kuo seems more definitive that the controversial feature will be removed in the final design.
Finally, Gurman notes that Apple is also planning a redesign for the MacBook Air, but it won’t be coming until “long after” the updated MacBook Pro models debut.