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Kuo details 2021 MacBook Pro: new design with squared-off sides, MagSafe connector and IO return, Touch Bar removed

Added 01-15-21 01:31:02am EST - “Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released some interesting details about the upcoming MacBook Pro. Kuo describes this as the first major redesign of the laptop in five years, and will represent a significant upgrade over…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Kuo details 2021 MacBook Pro: new design with squared-off sides, MagSafe connector and IO return, Touch Bar removed - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released some interesting details about the upcoming MacBook Pro. Kuo describes this as the first major redesign of the laptop in five years, and will represent a significant upgrade over even the latest 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new MacBook Pro will feature 14-inch and 16-inch sizes and feature ARM Apple silicon instead of Intel CPUs.

However, Kuo shares some much more surprising tidbits, namely that the Touch Bar will be gone in favor of physical function keys, the MagSafe charging connector returns along with more built-in IO ports that mean most users will not need to purchase additional dongles according to Kuo …

The new chassis design is said to feature squared-off sides in both the top and bottom halves of the machine, joining the flat edge design trend started with the 2018 iPad Pro and adopted in the 2020 iPhone 12 series. (The new MacBook Pro series will of course feature Apple ARM CPUs, but Kuo does not share specifics about how the chip will fare performance-wise in today’s report.)

The Touch Bar is apparently entirely removed, with the new MacBook Pro simply offering a physical row of function keys. This is interesting in light of the fact that the low-end 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro was released last fall, and did come with a Touch Bar, although all of the first M1 Macs essentially featured identical hardware designs compared to the previous generation.

Apple heralded the Touch Bar as the future of the Mac input method when the 2016 MacBook Pro was unveiled, but the feature never really caught on or lived up to its potential. Many Mac users simply want physical keys they can feel with their fingers without looking down at a touch screen. Five years since its introduction, it seems Apple is listening to that feedback and the Touch Bar will be phased out from the MacBook lineup.

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