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

After the debut of the iPad Pro, it looks like the company will launch two MacBooks with XDR screens later this year. According to a 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 said that the laptops are powered by Apple’s silicon chip and come in a new design with the return of a slot for SD cards and an HDMI port.

The Cupertino-based technology giant recently announced the launch of a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro that features a Liquid Retina XDR display that uses mini-LED backlighting to achieve up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and up to 1,600 nits of maximum brightness. The display contains more than 10,000 mini-LEDs that are grouped into more than 2,500 local dark zones that offer 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 might see this technology in other Apple devices this year in addition to the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro runs on the M1 chipset, which is reportedly 50% faster than the latest iPad Pro and the GPU is said to be 40% faster. The iPad Pro can be attached to up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 2 TB of internal storage, which is again expected to be twice as fast as before.

Rumor has it that Apple is expected to equip the upcoming MacBook laptops with an improved iteration of its M1 chip. If you believe reports from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Touchpad will be replaced with physical function keys, and we may spot the return of the MagSafe magnetic power cable.

The company has released four upgraded Mac models with Apple silicon, including an iMac, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air and a Mac mini, now. Apple has previously said it plans to move away from Intel processors around WWDC 2022.