A recent report reveals that Apple suppliers are constrained by the meeting demand of the new mini-LED 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is consequently, hindering production for the upcoming redesigned MacBook Pro.
Rumors about the redesigned MacBook Pro have been circulating for quite a while now. The machine has maintained its design for several years and is due for an overhaul after the launch of the 13-inch Apple Silicon MacBook Pro in 2020.
Production for redesigned MacBook Pro could be delayed till 2022
A report from DigiTimes shows that the 16-inch redesigned MacBook Pro featuring Apple Silicon and the mini-LED display will commence production in Q1 2022, while mass production of the smaller variant, the 14-inch MacBook Pro, will begin in the fourth quarter of this year.
Volume production of Apple’s miniLED-backlit MacBook Pro series may have to be postponed to fourth-quarter of 2021 or first-quarter 2022 if the sudden surge in the number of COVID infections in Taiwan continues to worsen, according to industry sources.
Having launched its miniLED-backlit 12.9-inch iPad Pro in late April, Apple plans to release two miniLED-backlit MacBook Pro products – one having a 14-inch display and the other a 16-inch display – in the second half of 2021, said the sources.
Digitimes also reports that the tech giant hopes to release new MacBook Pro models in the second half of this year, further adding that they may not be available for purchase until after a few weeks from the announcement. Like, the company unveiled the new iMac and iPad Pro on 20 April, but the products have not yet been shipped, apart from a few rare cases. The most likely street date for iPad and iMac is 21 May.
The source has also noted that a small number of 14-inch MacBook Pros will be produced in Q3 2021, hinting that the supply will be tight despite high demand. The redesigned MacBook Pro will provide the biggest change to Apple’s Pro portable Mac lineup since 2016. Featuring the powerful Apple Silicon chip, mini-LED display, MagSafe charging port, HDMI port, and much more.