A recent report from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is planning to bring back both the SD card slot and the HDMI port to its new MacBook Pro models, later this year. The current 16-inch MacBook Pro only features Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headphone jack.
Kuo’s latest predictions follow his recent note which suggested that the Cupertino tech giant could be working on 14-inch and 16-inch variants of MacBook Pro. The devices will feature a design language similar to iPhone 12 which features an edge-to-edge design.
MacBook Pro will regain SD card reader and HDMI port by the end of 2021
In a note to investors on Tuesday, Kuo said Apple plans to launch two new MacBook Pro models in the second half of 2021, both with an all-new design and increased connectivity. The report also suggests that the new Macs will have USB-C and high-speed USB 4.0 upgrades.
“We predict that Apple’s two new MacBook Pro models in 2H21 will have several significant design and specification changes,” wrote Kuo. “Some of the practical changes for users are equipping with the SD card reader and HDMI port.”
According to Kuo, the practical changes to the SD slot and HDMI connectivity will help significantly increase demand for the upcoming MacBooks. He also estimates that MacBook shipments will grow by 25-30% as compared to 2020, this boost will be driven by the new design and specs.
Last month, Kuo said that Apple is planning 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models this year that will feature a new flat-edge design language like the current iPhone 12 and 2020 iPad Pro, possibly powered by Apple’s own M1 or the rumored M1X processor. Additionally, The OLED touch bar will be replaced with physical keys and the MagSafe charging connector design will return.
While the analyst suggests H2 2021 release for the latest MacBook Pro lineup, note that the Cupertino tech company has not officially confirmed any release date or specs for this year’s lineup.