MacRumors reports today that Apple is getting ready to announce redesigned MacBook Pro laptops with new Apple Silicon System-on-Chips (SoCs) and mini-LED displays in Q3 21. The rumor is fueled by news that Apple will ensure steady supply of mini-LED-backlit displays, reportedly investing up to $ 200 million in surface mount equipment for one of its partners. Since this is just a rumor, take the news with a pinch of salt.
Apple’s upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will be the most significant makeover to MBPs in years, as they’re expected to feature a new design, more ports (including an HDMI and SD card slot), and the controversial Touch Bar drop, a MagSafe power connector, and introduce new mini-LED backlit displays. They are also said to be powered by Apple’s new “M2” SoC, which offers higher performance. These new systems could appear sometime in the third quarter (which runs from July 1 to September 30), according to a report by which DigiTimes.
Perhaps the biggest improvement in Apple’s new MacBook Pro notebooks will be the mini-LED-based displays (at least on some SKUs), which offer higher luminance and contrast ratio. Recently, Apple started offering a mini LED display on its 12.9-inch iPad Pro, resulting in increased demand and a shortage for this iPad model.
To ensure demand for its new MacBook Pro laptops can be met, Apple is reportedly spending $ 200 million to source additional surface mount technology (SMT) for its partner Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology. The additional equipment will enable TSMT to produce an additional 700,000 to 800,000 mini-LED assemblies for MBPs per month.
So far, Apple has not officially confirmed that it has invested $ 200 million in any of its partners.
Apple doesn’t usually make big announcements before launching its new iPhones in September. So if the new MacBook Pros are due to be launched in the third quarter, it will be very late in the quarter. Since Apple doesn’t usually begin shipping its newest products immediately after the official launch, we expect the new MBPs to hit the market later in the year.