There have been rumors about two new MacBook Pro models being launched in the commercial market in the second half of this year. According to tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both these models will reportedly feature an HDMI port and an SD card reader. These features were missing from some of the last released models of the MacBook Pro but now, owing to popular demand, they are likely to be added back in the upcoming models.
In a note addressed to investors, Kuo stated that apart from these new additions, the new models will also sport a new design that has been put together to enable connecting them to more external devices. In the last couple of years, Apple has largely offered a handful of connectivity ports like Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C in its devices. While many users were fine with this move, there were some who wished for the devices manufactured by the company to have a larger number of connectivity ports. Moving towards a more comprehensive mobile platform will also work better for those who are not very comfortable using dongles.
The MacBook Pro model which was launched in the year 2015 featured an HDMI port along with an SD card reader. That was the last released model to feature the port and the card reader. Apple decided not to include them in the following models.
A company named Genesys Logic is reportedly the controller supplier for the SD card reader that will be integrated into the upcoming models. If sources are to be believed, this company will play an important role in determining the kind of components the Cupertino-based giant will be using in its upcoming line of products. There is also a buzz about Apple filling orders with regards to a hardware upgrade pertaining to the USB 4.0 protocol.
In a report which came out last month, Kuo stated that he foresees Apple launching 14and 16-inch variants of the mini LED MacBook Pro which would be in accordance with the modern design the company is opting for its upgraded devices. Many of the recently launched products by Apple had carried a ‘flat-edged’ look and that seems to be the case with the upcoming MacBook Pro models as well.
The two models are also likely to feature MagSafe charging technology, which was earlier integrated with the iPhone 12 series launched in 2020. According to Kuo’s prediction, instead of physical function buttons, the device will have the OLED Touch Bar. He has further predicted that the two models will arrive in the market by the third quarter of 2021.