New MacBook Pros will have new design and dump the Touch Bar

Ruben Fields
January 15, 2021

With the Touch Bar seemingly jettisoned, it does raise questions about whether the new MacBook Pro models could finally introduced touch screens. If a report by Bloomberg is anything to go by, the two new laptops include a 14-inch model with the codename J314 and a 16-inch model called the J316. The company updated its base 13-inch MacBook Pro with its own M1 chip in November, to broadly positive reviews.

Beyond the more powerful chips, Apple is also planning to step up the displays in its new MacBook Pros with brighter, higher-contrast panels, the person said. As for the expected date of launch, the report claims that Apple may launch the two models in the third quarter of 2021. The new Macs will sadly look similar to the current-gen models with minor design changes, which seems logical at the moment. Over the past five years, Apple has relied on USB-C ports for both power and data transfer on its laptops, making them compatible with other manufacturers' chargers.

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In addition, it appears Apple is listening to user requests for more connectivity options in its high-end laptop lineup, as Kuo says the upcoming devices will feature a wider variety of ports. But the company is now bringing back MagSafe, the magnetic power adapter that means any accidental yanking of the power cable would simply detach it from the laptop rather than pull down the entire computer. Kuo also expects the new MacBooks to feature additional ports instead of the now exclusive USB-C connector arrangement. Of course, the notebooks would continue to feature multiple USB Type-C ports, and hopefully, Apple will continue to allow charging via these ports too. Kuo says that MagSafe charging will return, but the Touch Bar is out in favor of a row of physical buttons. Apple used the removal of ports as an opportunity to tout its "thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro ever", but the decision was criticized by many users and even prompted a "dongle hell" meme. There is also a rumor that Apple is planning to remove the Touch Bar from its future MacBook products as the company has been testing versions that do not have the feature.

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