At this point, several sources have reported on the launch of new M1 MacBook Pro models in late 2021. Tech analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has reconfirmed that the high-end laptops are on track and will go into mass production in the third quarter of this year.
It is reported that Apple will introduce 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by Apple Silicon. However, it was expected that the company will launch the new model at the WWDC21 event which is usually a software-centered event. And now there is a bit of confusion over the models’ launch time either in September or November like 2020.
As Apple is going to introduce the new iPhone 13 series, Apple Watch Series 7, and others in September, so some speculated that new MacBook Pro models will be launched as well. While others state that due to supply constraints of the mini-LED display, the laptops will be announced in November with an extended delivery date like the 12.9-inch mini-LED iPad Pro model. In addition, there is alot of discussion on the type of Apple Silicon used in the upcoming models.
Will the new MacBook Pro come with M1X chip or M2 chip?
Most reports share the same list of expected features in the new MacBook Pro like two 14-inch and 16-inch models, flat edge-to-edge display, no Touch Bar, fingerprint scanner, mini-LED display, MagSafe charging, HDMI port and SD card reader, and more. But sources are divided on which Apple Silicon will power the new laptops.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, DigiTimes, Jon Prosser, and other credible sources claim that Apple will equip the upcoming MacBook Pro models with M1X Apple Silicon built on 5nm+ process for even faster performance and enhanced power consumption than the M1 chip. ‘M1X’ tags were also discovered in the WWDC21 event’s YouTube video uploaded by the company’s channel.
But leaker, @Dylandkt differentiated between an M1X chip and M2 chip saying the cheaper M2 chip will power the upcoming MacBook Air model expected to launch in the first half of 2022 and M1X is a high-end extension of the M1 chip which will be reserved for Pro Macs like 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, iMac, and Mac mini. Rest assured, leakers and analysts are confident that the new MacBook Pro is on the way so if users are planning an upgrade or new purchase, they should wait a little while longer.