Rumors are in the air that after the Macbook Pro discontinued the 15-inch Macbook Pro in favor of a 16-inch model with a slimmer bezel last year, the natural assumption is that the 14-inch will eventually replace the 13-inch model.
After apple ended up sticking to the same sized display when it brought the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic keyboard and faster processor options at the beginning of this month. A 14-inch model still is up, as an anonymously run Twitter account “L0vetodream” tweeted about it and gave a hint at a 2021 release without any further detail.
This detail has been taken seriously as the same twitter handle accurately revealed several details about the new iPhone SE before anyone else including that the device would launch in the second week of April and come in three storage capacities. The account also claimed that new iPad Pro models would launch in the third week of March.
It’s noteworthy that even though MacBook Pro is only updated once per year, a 2021 release would hardly be proven as any surprise. Typically Apple still has a 14-inch model on its roadmap.
Famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had also revealed that 2021 iPad Pro and MacBook’s display would use approximately 10,000 LEDs, significantly higher than the 576 LEDs on the upcoming Pro Display XDR. The size of each LED is also said to be below 200 microns, smaller than the Pro Display XDR.
These new mini-LED displays would offer better wide color gamut performance with high contrast and HDR. The new displays would also support local dimming, which will dim the backlight behind the screen’s area that is displaying black, keeping the other parts bright.
We still need to wait for the official confirmation as this prediction is from an anonymous account but doesn’t hold enough credibility as those of the original announcements.
Apple may want to announce the architecture transition ahead of time to let developers get started on migrating their applications.