The rumor: We might not see an M1X chip inside the upcoming 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models after all, according to a new rumor shared by Mark Gurman (87.3% accurate, via Power On).
A “developer tells me that new MacBook Pro chips have appeared in logs under the names “M1 Pro” and “M1 Max.” I’m not saying Apple will take that direction with its actual marketing names, but that’s another—albeit more confusing—possibility” Gurman says
Prior to this new rumor, “M1X” was the expected name for Apple’s next-generation M1 chips expected to be unveiled in less than 24 hours at the October 18 ‘Unleashed’ Apple event
Our take: Gurman makes an incredibly good point here: M1 is a marketing term before anything else. “M1X” or “M1Z” sound inherently techy while something like “M1 Pro” or “M1 Max” feels more familiar (ex. iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max). I’m still not convicted that these will be the new processor names, either, but I don’t think it’s impossible.
The rumor: The return of MagSafe on the upcoming MacBook Pros will enable more than just a trip-free experience, according to Mark Gurman (87.3% accurate, via Power On).
“MagSafe charging will make its return to the side of the new MacBook Pro, following the addition of MagSafe to the iPhone 12 last year. That means the charger connects magnetically so it quickly yanks out if someone trips on the cord. Charging speeds will also be faster” Gurman says
Other ports, like HDMI and an SD card reader will be making their re-debut at Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday
Our take: I’ve never truly had a problem with the charge speed on my MacBook Pro, but it does seem to fill up significantly slower than any of my other Apple devices (likely because it has the largest battery). I’d love to see a faster charging option like we have on iPhone and Apple Watch.
The leak: Just hours ahead of Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday morning, new images of the upcoming MacBook Pro have been shared by Weibo user AnyTurtle999 (not yet tracked, via DuanRui).
The photos, which show an almost entirely bezel-less display similar to what can be seen on iPhone 13, depict a completely revamped display made possible by the presence of a notch
Rumors of a notched MacBook Pro began earlier this week, but were largely dismissed…until now
Face ID does not appear to be part of the new notch design: it looks to just be a camera (said to finally be 1080p)
Our take: Wow. I didn’t believe these notch rumors until now…but I think I love it. This has allowed Apple to essentially eliminate the display borders and these two images look futuristic as hell. This year’s MacBook Pro redesign isn’t a step forward, it’s a leap.
The rumor: Mini-LED tech won’t be the only screen upgrade on the new M1X MacBook Pro models, according to Ross Young (100% accurate).
Apple is planning to bring a 120Hz ProMotion displays to the next-generation 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros that are set to debut at Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event next week
This is the first rumor for a 120Hz display, but Ross Young does have an impeccable track record for leaks like this
Our take: This will be game changing if we see this next week. And I wouldn’t believe it unless it ross from Young, who has never gotten an Apple screen leak wrong yet. I can’t imagine how good macOS would look at 120Hz…
The rumor: Apple is preparing to launch the new M1X MacBook Pro in October, according to Mark Gurman (87.3% accurate, via Power On).
“The Apple M1X chip, the likely name for a more graphics-intense and professional-focused M1 chip, is indeed still on tap for 2021. We’ll likely see it show up first in a new range of MacBook Pros in the next month and a higher-end Mac mini at some point” Gurman says
The 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will also bring back the HDMI port, MagSafe and SD card reader…all while eliminating the controversial Touch Bar
Our take: Everything is pointing to these M1X laptops launching imminently. And I think this time is for real…
The leak: Apple’s upcoming, revamped MacBook Pro models will have the same performance, according to dylandkt (81.3% accurate).
Both 14/16-inch MacBook Pro models will reportedly feature the M1X chip…with the exact same performance
But “expect a notable increase in price for the 14 inch over the 13 inch,” Dylan says
Our take: I was expecting the larger MacBook Pro to have better performance, as it has always been historically. If you can get the exact same config on the 14-inch as the 16-inch, then it’ll be tempting to opt for the smaller MacBook this time around…
The rumor: Apple’s highly anticipated 14 and 16-inch M1X MacBook Pro models have entered mass production, according to DigiTimes (61% accurate).
Their latest report shares good news: “Apple has started volume production for new MacBook Pro, with monthly shipments of the notebooks expected to arrive at 600,000-800,000 units during the period from August to November, according to sources from the upstream supply chain”
Our take: It’s finally happening. The MacBook Pros we have all been thirsting for are officially in mass production which means a launch is just around the corner. I still don’t think these will be launching in September, but October/November feels incredibly realistic.
Now, Gurman says “you should probably expect a launch between September and November at the latest.”
Our take: This is actually really good news, considering that I was expecting this to launch this Fall at the earliest…not the latest. Still, this product can’t come soon enough as the whole world is seemingly waiting to see what Apple’s M1+ silicon looks and feels like.