MacBook Pro models are expected to be widely launched at Apple’s dedicated event later today. Newer MacBook Pro variants are likely to be available in 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes and have thin bezels surrounding the screen. A new rumor suggests that the MacBook Pro bezels will be so thin that Apple may need to introduce a notch to house the webcam and other sensors. There’s also a new report that suggests MacBook Pro models might be powered by new Apple chips that may be called the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
New information on the new MacBook Pro models has been leaked via Chinese tipster TiAmo on Weibo. The tipster claims that the laptop will have a slight notch on the top of the screen, in the center. The notch is apparently “similar to iPhone 12” in size. This notch would house a 1080p webcam, a True Tone sensor and a microphone. MacRumors even did conceptual renderings based on the notched display leaks.
Tipster DuanRui says it can only be a joke and nothing else. The renderings leaked by Apple Tomorrow show no notches, square edges, and ports on the straight edges.
In the latest PowerOn newsletter, Mark Gurman reports that Apple may introduce new chipsets on new Mac models. A Mac developer informed Gurman that the chips will be named M1 Pro and M1 Max. But he adds that Apple may not take this approach because it could introduce a confusing naming scheme. Gurman adds that the Apple M1 Pro can integrate a 16-core GPU and the M1 Max can have a 32-core GPU.
Gurman adds that the 14-inch MacBook Pro will likely replace the high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, while a low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro will remain. HDMI and SD card ports are likely to make a comeback.
Earlier leaks claim that AirPods could also be launched alongside newer MacBook Pro models. The launch event is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. IST today, and the base MacBook Pro model is likely to get 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, an upgraded 1080p webcam, and a new charging brick. Newer MacBook Pro models are likely to feature a Mini-LED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.