Kuo: 2021 MacBook Pros will scrap Touch Bar, bring new design and MagSafe connector

Michail, 15 January 2021

Last month noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo gave out confirmation that Apple’s upcoming 2021 MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro will debut with mini LED displays and M1 chipsets. Today we get more details on the all-new 14” and 16” MacBook Pros which are said to bring major redesigns.

Kuo: 2021 MacBook Pros will scrap Touch Bar, bring new design and MagSafe connector

Kuo shares that the new top-end models will feature a squarer cut design on the top and bottom halves which is a natural evolution of the 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone 12 industrial design. In addition, both models are said to bring back Apple’s MagSafe charging connector which was last seen on Mac laptops back in 2017 with the last non-Retina MacBook Air.

MagSafe 2 connector and port (credit: Snapnator)
MagSafe 2 connector and port (credit: Snapnator)

The optional OLED Touch Bar will finally be removed altogether with all new models having physical function keys instead.

Port selection is said to be wider this time around as past MacBook users were not thrilled with having to carry around dongles. As expected, Apple-designed Arm processors will be the only option for the new MacBooks. Both new models will use a similar heat sink system as the current 16-inch model for optimal thermal management. There’s no mention if the new 14” and 16” MacBook Pros will come with mini LED displays.



Reader comments

  • JDK
  • 20 Jan 2021
  • ybx

According to the benchmarks, apple's M1 has equal performance to intel core i7 laptops running ROSETTA 2. It should have a equivalent score to AMD ryzen 7 laptops when not using rosseta.

  • Julian M
  • 19 Jan 2021
  • pVv

I'm still on the fence with regards to the M1 Macbooks, they sound like great laptops for general tasks. I have no idea how Apple intends to fit midrange/high-end GPUs in there, no doubt they are working on it, but it's definitely lacking r...

  • bil
  • 16 Jan 2021
  • uRB

I have a 2016 12" macbook that runs like a dream .. and I love the small size .. I also have a 2016 MB Pro.. macs last forever..

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