In January, Ming Chi Kuo excited followers of Apple’s professional laptops with information that the 2021 MacBook Professional would characteristic a brand new design, Apple Silicon, and the return of MagSafe and extra IO ports.
The analyst has adopted up on that report at present to be barely extra particular: he expects Apple’s 2021 MacBook Professional fashions to characteristic a HDMI port and a SD card slot. As a reminder, the present 16-inch MacBook Professional solely options Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headphone jack when it comes to connectivity.
When Apple launched the brand new model of MacBook Professional with the 2016 revision, the thought was that providing 4 Thunderbolt USB-C ports can be enough for everybody. Thunderbolt 3 ports are excessive bandwidth and multipurpose: they’re high-bandwidth knowledge switch ports and might even transmit energy and act as show outputs.
Nonetheless, with the intention to connect with most peripherals, customers would want dongles or adapters that transformed the USB-C to HDMI and even conventional rectangular USB-A to assist their present legacy peripherals. Even 4 years on, the dongle drawback stays a ache level for a lot of MacBook Professional prospects. Many customers resort to carrying multifunction USB-C adapters with them and hold all their equipment of off that.
It appears Apple is prepared to confess it jumped the gun barely, as signalled by the restoration of devoted HDMI ports and an SD card slot for transferring pictures off of cameras.
It stays unclear what the complete lineup of IO on the brand new MacBook Execs will likely be. It doesn’t appear seemingly that Apple will add two ports along with the 4 USB-C ports, however Kuo doesn’t element the precise breakdown. Keep in mind too that these laptops are additionally anticipated to characteristic a MagSafe port for charging.
For comparability, the ‘previous’ 2015 MacBook Professional sported MagSafe, two Thunderbolt ports, USB-3 and a headphone jack on the left aspect and one other USB-3 port, HDMI and SD card slot on the precise aspect of the machine. This got here to a complete of 8 I/O on Apple’s professional workstation laptop computer. The 16-inch at present solely options 5 ports, 4 USB-C and a headphone jack. Even when the 4 USB-C ports are extra versatile and technically succesful, many individuals crave the flexibility to simply plug numerous stuff in with out having to fret about dongles.
The brand new MacBook Professional lineup is anticipated to launch within the fall. The machines are hotly anticipated not simply due to the shape issue adjustments, but additionally prospects will be capable of expertise how nicely Apple silicon performs in higher-end CPU and GPU merchandise.
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