Apple could launch 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with new XDR displays later this year

Following the iPad Pro debut, it looks like the company will launch two MacBooks with XDR displays later this year. According to a Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, Apple is planning to launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the second half of 2021, which will be equipped with mini-LED displays. The notebooks are said to be powered by an Apple silicon chip and have a new design with the return of an SD card slot and HDMI port.

The Cupertino tech giant recently announced the launch of a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro that features a Liquid Retina XDR display that uses mini-LED backlighting to achieve up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and up to 1,600 nits. nit of maximum brightness. The display features over 10,000 mini-LEDs grouped into more than 2,500 local dimming zones, which offer an improved contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1.

Apple referred to the mini-LED display used in these iPads as the Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR) display. It is speculated that this year we may see this technology on other Apple devices besides the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is powered by the M1 chipset which is said to be 50% faster than the latest iPad Pro and the GPU is said to be be 40% faster. The iPad Pro can be paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of internal storage, which should be twice as fast as before.

Apple is rumored to equip upcoming MacBook notebooks with an improved iteration of its M1 chip. If reports from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are to be believed, the Touch Bar will be replaced with physical function keys and we could see the return of the MagSafe magnetic power cord.

The company has released four Apple silicon upgraded Mac models, including iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini, as of now. Apple previously stated that it plans to ditch Intel processors around WWDC 2022.