In a research note shared with MacRumors today, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty claims that Apple is “likely” to unveil at least one new MacBook model with Apple Silicon at WWDC.
“In the last 12 months, Apple has not only introduced new Macs with M1 (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13-inch and Mac Mini), but also a high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an M1 chip,” Huberty wrote. “We expect this momentum to continue through WWDC 2021,” Huberty wrote, “and based on our checks, we think it’s likely that Apple will launch a new MacBook with an in-house designed chip.”
Huberty said it’s possible that the new MacBook will have the so-called “M2” chip, and if so, she expects it to start shipping to customers in the second half of 2021. The notebook is likely to be a new high-end MacBook Pro, and Apple is rumored to be planning a redesign of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, but Huberty did not specify.
IT House has learned that Huberty’s prediction is in line with tipster Jon Prosser’s, who said the new MacBook Pro will appear at WWDC. However, supply chain reports from Nikkei Asia and DigiTimes, among others, suggest that mass production of the new MacBook Pro models will not begin until the second half of 2021.
One possibility is that new MacBook Pro models will be announced at WWDC but not ship until weeks later. This would be consistent with the new iMac, iPad Pro and Apple TV models, which will not begin shipping to customers until a month after their release, on May 21.
The new MacBook Pro models are expected to feature a brighter mini-LED display, an improved M1 chip, and a new design with a flatter top and bottom. The new notebooks are also expected to regain some of the ports that Apple removed from the MacBook Pro in 2016, including an HDMI port, SD card slot and magnetic charging port. Rumors also suggest that the Touch Bar will be removed in favor of a physical Fn key.
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