Well-connected TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release two new MacBook Pro models with an “all-new design form factor” and numerous hardware changes in the third quarter of 2021.
Kup told investors on Friday that he expects Apple to launch 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, both sporting a new “flat-edged” look following Apple’s modern design language.
The new MacBook Pro models are expected to return to using MagSafe for Mac, and will drop the less-than-popular OLED Touch Bar in favor of physical function buttons, says Kuo.
The new models will also feature a wider variety of ports in addition to the current USB-C ports. While Kuo did not share exact specifications about the ports but said that he believes most users will no longer need to tote around converter dongles.
Kuo also said Apple will move the new models to heat pipe thermal designs similar to the current 16-inch MacBook Pro, enabling more headroom for high-performance, high-heat chips.
Apple is expected to power both new models with its own homegrown Apple Silicon, leaving Intel out in the cold again.
MacBook shipments are predicted to grow 25-30% year over year to hit 20 million units in 2021, says Kuo, with redesigned models accounting for 60-70% of all shipments.