It is rumored that Apple is planning new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, each with a mini-LED screen and an improved iteration of the M1 chip. The notebooks are expected to have a new design with a flatter top and bottom and more ports, including the return of an HDMI port, SD card slot and a magnetic power cable. Rumor has it that Touch Bar will retire in favor of physical UN keys.
By lending to these plans, MacRumors has potentially discovered the next-generation 16-inch MacBook Pro in a Chinese regulatory database. The entry, filed April 14 by Apple supplier Sunwoda Electronic, is for a battery with an Apple-like model identifier A2527 rated at 8,693 mAh / 11.45V. This is similar to the current 16-inch MacBook Pro battery, which is rated at 8790 mAh / 11.36V, according to iFixit.
Sunwoda Electronic is the same vendor that archived the alleged iPhone 13 battery capacity that was discovered in the same Chinese database earlier this week.
If the files are accurate, the next 16-inch MacBook Pro will have slightly lower battery capacity than the existing model, possibly due to the notoriously flatter design. However, any potential impact on battery life is likely to be reduced as the 16-inch MacBook Pro shifts from Intel processors to more energy-efficient Apple silicon. In fact, battery life may still end up being longer than today’s generation.
BloombergMark Gurman previously reported that the redesigned MacBook Pro models will be unveiled this summer, with leaks Jon Prosser expecting the MacBook Pro announcement to be part of WWDC next week. Some other sources have suggested that the new MacBook Pro models will not be announced until the second half of 2021.
WWDC launches with Apple’s Keynote on Monday, June 7 at 10 Pacific Time.