Apple could launch 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with new XDR displays later this year

After the debut of the iPad Pro, the company is expected to launch two MacBooks with XDR displays later this year. According to Taiwanese research company TrendForce, Apple plans to launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that will feature mini-LED displays in the second half of 2021. Rumor has it that the notebooks are powered by an Apple silicon chip and have a new design with the return of an SD card slot and an HDMI port.

Cupertino tech giant recently announced the launch of a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro that features a Liquid Retina XDR display that uses mini-LED backlighting to achieve up to 1,000 nits of full screen brightness and up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness . The display is equipped with over 10,000 mini LEDs, which are grouped into more than 2,500 local dimming zones and offer an improved contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1.

Apple called the mini LED display used in these iPads Extreme Dynamic Range Displays (XDR). It is speculated that we will see this technology on other Apple devices in addition to the iPad Pro this year. The iPad Pro is powered by the M1 chipset, which is said to be 50 percent faster than the last iPad Pro, and the GPU is said to be 40 percent faster. The iPad Pro can be paired with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of internal storage, which in turn should be twice as fast as before.

Rumor has it that Apple will equip the upcoming MacBook notebooks with an improved iteration of its M1 chip. If the reports from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are to be believed, the Touch Bar is being replaced with physical function buttons, and we may see the return of the MagSafe magnetic cord.

The company has now released four updated Mac models made with Apple silicon, including the iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. Apple has previously announced that it will depart from Intel processors by around WWDC 2022.