The Mac1 Pro with the M1 – a long and super-fast evolution from the Intel version released earlier this year – was just the pinnacle of Apple’s silicon history.
As CNBC reports, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo points to not one but two redesigned MacBook Pros, but the arguably bigger news is that Apple’s plans to make the MacBook Air cheaper.
The new look of the MacBook Pro will arrive in 2021, while the cheaper MacBook Air is set for 2022.
Kuo did not say how much cheaper the new MacBook Air would be, but we have long expected Apple to release a MacBook Air at least $ 1
Kuo also did not detail how Apple will change the look of the MacBook Pro, but we are still excited. Apple has kept the same overall design for the MacBook Pro since the MacBook Pro 2012 with Retina Display. In 2016, a move to the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports allowed a thinner MacBook Pro. macOS Big Sur added an iOS-like control center, which some think looks like Apple is preparing for a touchscreen Mac – something the company has avoided for a long time.
According to Kuo (one of the most reliable and respected Apple forecasters), these laptops will be “among the first” with the mini-LED screens that have long been rumored for Apple laptops.
While Apple’s MacBook Pro and Air have had pretty good screens, there’s a category – next to the overall design of Apple laptops – that has been more or less the same for a long time now.
Mini LED technology provides better contrast and overall brightness, possibly adding more categories of HDR support to Apple laptops. Which makes a lot of sense, if not just for Apple’s internal content: Apple TV Plus shows support 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, so we’m not surprised the company wants their shows to look as good on their own laptops as they appears on the best TVs.
Last year, Kuo predicted that we would see a mini LED iPad Pro in the 3rd quarter of 2020, which did not happen.