What you need to know
- Apple is expected to announce a new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year.
- The new MacBook Pros are anticipated to feature the mini-LED XDR Display.
A new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro could be on the way this year.
As reported by TrendForce, the outlet expects Apple to unveil both a 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini-LED display, meaning that the XDR Display that just got added to the iPad Pro will also come to the MacBook Pro for the first time.
With regards to Apple's plans for 2H21, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook models will likewise feature Mini LED backlight technology, which will become the hardware benchmark for high-end tablets and notebook computers. The release of Apple's Mini LED-equipped tablets is expected to galvanize a growth against market headwinds for upstream and downstream companies in the Mini LED supply chain, including Mini LED chip suppliers (e.g., Ennostar), testing and sorting service suppliers (e.g., FitTech, Saultech, and YTEC), SMT suppliers (e.g., TSMT and Yenrich), backplane PCB suppliers (e.g., Zhen Ding Tech and Tripod Technology), driver IC suppliers (e.g., Parade, Novatek, and Macroblock), and light source module suppliers (e.g., Radiant/ROE and GIS).
The new MacBook Pros are also expected to receive a major redesign due to them now featuring Apple silicon chips, a move that would line up with how Apple completely redesigned its iMac.
As far as when Apple will announce and ship the new MacBook Pros, we are most likely to see either an announcement at WWDC in June or, if not there, an October or November event in the fall. Apple will most likely host an event in September to unveil the new iPhone, Apple Watch, and other accessories like AirPods.