Apple Keynote | 18th October 2021

The latest Apple event on the 14th September launched the new iPhone, Apple Watch and two new iPads. Now attention is turning to October when Apple is expected to hold another event at which it is expected to launch new MacBook Pro models (14in and 16in) alongside, potentially, a new Mac mini.

One product that was surprisingly absent from the Apple September event was the MacBook Pro. With rumours of a new and improved 14in and 16in MacBook Pro potentially launching in Apple’s next event (Rumoured to be the 12th October 2021) we’ve listed a few things that we could see in Apple’s next move with the MacBook Pros.

Updated M1X Processor Chip

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro already has an ‌M1‌ chip, and in 2021, all new MacBook Pro models will gain Apple silicon chips. Apple is not expected to release MacBook Pro models with Intel chips, phasing Intel chips out of the notebook line entirely. This is great news as it’ll allow for cheaper products from Apple!

The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will have upgraded “M1X” Apple silicon chips with a 10-core CPU that features eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, along with 16-core or 32-core GPU options.

Both the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to offer the same performance because they’ll be equipped with the same M1X Apple silicon chip.

The Touch Bar

According to multiple sources, Apple has decided to remove the touch bar this year. They says that it never really caught on with consumers and that the newest MacBooks will be released with familar pysical buttons (Like we had on the models prior to 2016)

Apple has tested versions of the MacBook Pro that do not have a Touch Bar.

Will you miss the touch bar?

New Displays

Every time a new MacBook Pro is released, we’re greeted with new and improved screen resolutions. These boast improved brightness, and display quality.

A recent report from DigiTimes has also suggested that the new MacBook Pro models will feature mini-LED displays, and it is a technology introduced in the 2021 iPad Pro models.

If Apple transitions to mini-LED for the 2021 MacBook Pro models, the displays could use somewhere around 10,000 LEDs, each one under 200 microns in size. Mini-LED technology will allow for a thinner and lighter design, while offering many OLED-like benefits such as improved wide color gamut, high contrast and dynamic range, and truer blacks.

The upcoming 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros are expected to feature a display resolution of 3024 x 1964 and 3456 x 2234, respectively. These resolutions increase pixel density to around 250 pixels per inch, allowing for native 2X retina for the sharpest possible image.

The resolution information was found in code in a macOS Monterey beta that was released in September.