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

Following the debut of the iPad Pro, it looks like the company will launch two MacBooks with XDR displays later this year. According to the Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, Apple plans to launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in the second half of 2021, which will come with mini-LED displays. It is rumored that the notebooks would be powered by an Apple silicon chip and will have a new design with the return of an SD card slot and an HDMI port.

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

Apple has named the mini-LED display used in these iPads as Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR) displays. It is speculated that we may 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% faster than the latest iPad Pro, and the GPU is claimed to be 40% faster. The iPad Pro can be paired with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of internal storage, which again is expected to be twice as fast as before.

Rumor has it that Apple is expected to equip future MacBook notebooks with an improved iteration of its M1 chip. According to reports from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Touch Bar will be replaced with physical function keys and we may see the return of the MagSafe magnetic power cord.

The company has launched four upgraded Apple silicon Mac models, including the iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini, as of now. Apple has previously stated that it intends to move from Intel processors to around WWDC 2022.