MacBook Pro 14 with M1 Chip: Dates and Specs Rumors
Apple has interesting plans for its line of MacBook Pro laptops this year 2021, as we can expect the arrival of models with a new renewed design that will turn the 13-inch screen into a 14-inch MacBook Pro with a larger viewing area.
There are many new features that will arrive with this new range, although without a doubt, the great protagonist will be Apple’s new M1 chip (the same one that has already appeared in the entry-level models). There are also reports that reference the return of MagSafe and the disappearance of the Touch Bar.
You can read our full review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) .
In this article, we want to explain all the news that have arisen around the MacBook Pro 14 that is on its way, also discussing when the new MacBook Pro will be released, the price it could have, the rumors in specifications and other features of this new one. model.
14-inch MacBook Pro release date
Rumors of a 14-inch MacBook Pro have been around for some time. In the past, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the 14-inch MacBook pro would be here by the end of 2020, something that was not produced.
Apple’s plans appear to have been slightly disrupted by the pandemic situation that has affected the component supply chain. The delay could also be due to the first implementation of mini LED displays in the new models.
Twitter user L0vetodream and Jon Prosser agree that the 14-inch MacBook Pro will arrive sometime in 2021, sooner rather than later:
However, at the beginning of January and as we reported in Macworld UK , Kuo reiterated in a note to investors that it is unlikely that the new MacBook Pro models will arrive before the third quarter of 2021. We hope that it will appear sooner, perhaps coinciding with the celebration of WWDC 2021 that takes place in June.
It is also not clear what type of chip these new MacBook Pro M1s would implement, but already last year there was talk of a chip with 12 cores, known as M1X, suggesting that it could reach the 16-inch model and offer eight performance cores and four high efficiency cores.
It is something that remains to be seen, given that Apple must also feed the 16-inch MacBook Pro model, the configuration in which the most powerful chip with more cores of this new era of Apple Silicon M1 would be installed.
As we already know the news of the MacBook computers that carry the M1 chip (the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro 13), Apple seems to have decided to leave its implementation in other models for the year 2021. It seems clear that the MacBook Pro 16 receives it but the 14-inch model is in line with the 13-inch.
Thus, it could be the case that Apple chooses to continue with the 13-inch model line to the detriment, at least for the moment, of the 14-inch model that in recent years has been so popular.
New 14-inch MacBook Pro redesign
When the 16-inch MacBook Pro launched in November 2019, it benefited from a larger screen thanks to the reduced bezels (you can see the difference in the image above – the older model is on the left).
Following the arrival of that model, there have been rumors that Apple could replace the current 13-inch MacBook Pro with a model with a larger screen. This does not mean that the dimensions of the current 13-inch model will change.
In fact, the idea is for Apple to come up with a 14-inch MacBook Pro just by reducing the bezels and bezels around the screen of current models. It should be noted here that the 13-inch MacBook Pro actually measures 13.3 inches.
However, the 14-inch MacBook Pro may never come true. Phil Schiller of Apple was asked in November of last year about the probability of integrating a larger screen in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, to which he replied that “I would not extract any extrapolation from the 16-inch MacBook Pro.”
Despite what Schiller said, we think the 13-inch MacBook Pro might get a bigger screen like the 16-inch MacBook did, but these are new features that could be accompanied by others.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple will add a Mini-LED display to the MacBook Pro (as well as other products it makes, including the iPad Pro). Kuo suggested in a March 2020 investor note that Apple will replace its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 14.1-inch model with a mini-LCD screen.
However, that new display technology might not arrive until 2021 or even later. Kuo had previously suggested that a 16-inch model with mini LEDs could be launched in the fourth quarter of 2020, but delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic would have pushed the dates back to 2021.
Another thing that we would love to see on the MacBook Pro is a touchscreen. We discuss why it’s time for Apple to change its mind and start offering touchscreen Macs on its desktops in this article: Why Apple Needs a Touchscreen MacBook .
A key reason we need to start tapping on Macs may be the fact that Apple has opted to transition to Apple Silicon processors to allow the use of iOS apps on Macs, which would imply the ability to tap.
Whether it’s using a new redesign or not, there are likely to be changes on the inside in terms of the processor and potentially in the storage options. Next, we will see the specifications that we hope to see within the new Macbook Pro.
There were some design changes to the interior of the 16-inch Macbook Pro that could translate into the new 13-inch models. In fact, there were changes to internal thermal management, the larger heat sink, and changes to the fan, logic board, and heat dissipation design.
It is probably necessary in part to be able to accommodate a larger battery of 100 W and the extra power of 12 W. In summary, these are the news that you can find:
- 13-inch MacBook Pro
8th Generation Intel Core i5 quad-core 1.4 GHz processor (TB 3.9 GHz); Iris Plus Graphics 645 graphics; 8 GB of RAM at 2133 MHz, two Thunderbolt ports. Prices: 256 GB – € 1,499 / 512 GB – € 1,749 / 16 GB and 512 GB RAM – € 2,129
- 16-inch MacBook Pro
2.6 GHz (TB 4.8 GHz) 9th generation Intel Core i7 six-core processor; AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics with 4 GB GDDR6; 16 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM, two Thunderbolt ports. Prices: 512 GB – € 2,699 / 1 TB – € 3,199
Apple has revealed that future Macs will run with Apple Silicon M1, the name it is giving to its brand new processor architecture. Read more about this novelty in our article The first Mac with the new Apple Silicon chip will arrive in 2020 .
However, as we have already seen, Apple has chosen to keep in its product portfolio both MacBook models with M1 chips, as well as models of previous generations with Intel Core chipset, facilitating the transition in the use of technologies and applications, since not all are currently adapted by developers.
Apple Silicon while still maintaining the line of MacBook laptops with Intel Core. You can see the behavior of both in the article Comparison: Apple Silicon vs Intel .
The current 2.0 GHz MacBook Pro offers Intel Iris Plus graphics that are built into Intel’s own processor. For its part, the new Apple Silicon M1 architecture integrates its own GPU with eight graphics cores and great performance within these new Macs.
Here Apple’s strategy seems clear, and it is none other than keeping the amount of 16 GB of RAM as standard in the computers and discarding the configurations with a lower figure, which is currently 8 GB.
Speakers and microphone
We can possibly see an improvement in terms of speakers, although without major changes. Enhancements to the 16-inch model may not be possible to the smaller ones due to limited space.
As for the microphone, the 13-inch model probably doesn’t need the three-microphone studio matrix required by power users who use the equipment to compose or handle recording tracks.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 100 W battery (which is the largest battery allowed by laptops to be able to take them onto the plane, into the space called the passenger cabin).
The 13-inch model has a 58.2 W battery in the basic 1.4 GHz models, while it stays at 58 W in the 2.4 GHz models. Both offer up to 10 hours of battery life under use. habitual.
The MacBook Pro 13 model with Apple Silicon stands out according to Apple for increasing the autonomy of use of the equipment, but it is something that we will have to see when we have the opportunity to do the review. The MacBook Air, for example, offers 12 hours of battery life with a 49.9 W battery.
Face ID and webcam
We’d love to see a better FaceTime camera on MacBooks. And it is that the current MacBook Pro still offers a 720p camera compared to the FaceTime camera (also known as selfie) in the range of the iPhone 11, which offers 1080p HD video recording and a 12 MP camera.
This iPhone 11 camera is also TrueDepth, so it also offers Face ID, something we’d like to see appear in the MacBook range. The developers have already verified that the macOS Big Sur beta has code that suggests the use of TrueDepth.
Apple really needs to improve its strategy here, especially now that online video calling and conferencing have become popular to the point that there will be no going back from using technology as a means of communication.
While the new settings arrive, you can always take a look at the article on the best webcam for Mac , where you will find up to 5 different models with which you can improve the quality considerably.
Another novelty offered by the iPhone 11 range is wireless connectivity in 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 mode. Until now, this has not appeared on any Mac laptop or desktop.
This is something we would like to see, but it seems unlikely that the smaller MacBook Pro model will get it before the 16-inch model, considered more premium .