With the invitation to the Unleashed event out, and our eyes set on next Monday, October 18, reports of a new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro do the trick to complete the good news. We’ve been expecting to figure out what these new computers will look like for months, but there are several intriguing new facts.
MacBook Pro improvement in the basic specifications: Camera, charger, and screen
According to well-known leaker Dylan, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will start with at least 16GB of RAM (and up to a maximum of 64) and will have at least 512GB storage.
MacBook Pro 14 and 16:
Mini Led displays
Smaller bezels with no bottom logo
Base models will have 16gb of ram and 512gb of storage
Base M1X is the same configuration for both models
Pricing will be similar between 14 and 16 inch
New charging brick
— Dylan (@dylandkt) October 12, 2021
We expect these Macs to make the leap to a 1080p resolution camera and to have the M1X processor, with ten CPU cores and between 16 and 32 GPU cores, which will be the same in both sizes. According to the leaker, the difference in price between the 14-inch and 16-inch versions will be similar, resulting in a far smaller price gap between models than there is between the current 13-inch and 16-inch versions.
As for connectors, in addition to adding card and HDMI ports, we expect to see the arrival of a MagSafe charger. This would lead to a redesign of the charger brick itself, most likely with a look similar to what we have seen on the current iMac M1.
Moving on to the display, which has been the subject of several rumors, one major announcement is the implementation of mini-LED technology. If so, the first devices to include this type of display will be the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M1 and later models of the Apple MacBook line. Along with the redesign and size change, we expect that “MacBook Pro” branding from the bottom of the screen will go away.
Finally, there is a rumor that the mini-LED display could reach 120Hz refresh rates. This is something we already see on the iPad with its ProMotion technology, so it makes some sense. In this regard, Dylan stated a few months ago that while this technology “is being tested in prototypes, he has no idea when it will arrive.”
For now, we will have to take all this information with due caution. But, from what we can tell, the resulting MacBook Pro family, which includes these two new models and the existing 13-inch version, which we already know about and anticipate will continue to be available, is very intriguing. If we look at past years’ events, the date for reservations on the new Macs should be opening on October 18th, so thankfully, the wait will be quite short.