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

After the first appearance of the iPad Pro, it looks like the company will launch two MacBooks with XDR displays later this year. According to a Taiwan research company TrendForce, Apple plans to launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the second half of 2021 that will come with mini-LED displays. There is talk that the notebooks are powered by Apple’s silicone chip and come in a new design with SD card slot and HDMI port returning.

The technology giant Cupertino recently announced the launch of a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro that includes a Retina XDR Liquid 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 packed with over 10,000 small LEDs grouped into more than 2,500 local dimming zones, offering an improved contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1.

Apple has dubbed the mini-LED display used in these iPads as Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR) displays. Guess we might see this technology on other Apple devices this year, in addition to the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is powered by the M1 chipset which is said to be 50 percent faster than the last iPad Pro and allegedly the GPU 40 percent faster. The iPad Pro can be paired with up to 16GB RAM and up to 2TB internal storage, which is expected to be twice as fast as before.

According to rumors, Apple is expected to arm the upcoming MacBook notebooks with a better iteration of its M1 chip. If reports from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are to be believed, the Touch Bar will be replaced by physical function keys, and we may see MagSafe’s magnetic power cable return.

The company has released four updated Mac models with Apple silicon, including the iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini, right now. Apple has previously indicated that it intends to transition away from Intel processors by about WWDC 2022.