MacBook Pro 2021 model will have flat-edge design, will lose touch bars, bring back MagSafe: Ming-Chi Ku

The upcoming MacBook Pro model this year will see significant changes as revealed by critical analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple has been talked about working on the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models that will be powered by its own M1 or rumored M1X processor, but the Cupertino giant has yet to share any official details Have done Kuo says that the new MacBook Pro model will have a flat-edge design and this time there will be no touch bar. Additionally, upcoming iPhone models may come with vapor chamber cooling.

According to a report by MacRumors, Apple is working on 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, citing an investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. These laptops are expected to come with the same “flat-edge” form factor as the new iPhone 12 model. According to the analyst, the OLED touch bar will not be present at this time and will be replaced by physical function keys. In addition, Apple reportedly will bring back its MagSafe Charge connector that it originally used to replace USB Type-C charging.

Kuo also said that the new MacBook Pro models will come with additional ports, which is a great news as customers will not have to invest in additional dongles. This time there will be no Intel-powered option and Apple will use its own M1 processor in 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, Ku said.

Additionally, the refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro may have the same heat pipe design as the current Intel-powered model. Considering how efficient the M1 processor is with no fan and only passive cooling, it will be quite interesting to see how performance can be with active cooling and possibly two fans.

Talking about the launch date of these new MacBook Pro models, Koo said that they can be expected in the third quarter of this year. A recent report suggested that upcoming M1-powered MacBook Pro models may launch in March or early April, so it’s unclear when they will see the light of day. Interestingly, this time the report does not mention anything about the mini-LED display for the new MacBook Pro model, citing Kuo.

Finally, Ku shared that upcoming iPhone models for 2021 could come with vapor chamber cooling as Apple is “aggressively testing” this new thermal system. The report mentions that this would be required for high-end iPhone models, which could be Pro and Pro Max models.

As of now, Apple has not officially shared any information on the rumored MacBook Pro model, so this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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