Every rumor we've heard about the MacBook Pro 2021 will surface at Apple's event tomorrow

Every rumor we've heard about the MacBook Pro 2021 will surface at Apple's event tomorrow ...

If you've been putting off buying a new MacBook Pro out of FOMO or indecision, Apple may soon have the answers you were looking for. The company announced its next event, scheduled for Monday, October 18, with an invitation theme of "unleashed," indicating that Apple's high-performance computers are finally on our radar. (Here's how to watch Apple'' upcoming October event live tomorrow and what we expect to see.)

As we get to the point, Rumors suggest that a 14-inch MacBook Pro model is on the way, as well as ostensibly redesigned, high-density Mini-LED-based displays, along with soaring pixel density, compared to iMac's 12.9-inch iPad Pro processor, the return of much-missed connectors, and the sacking of the not-so-lovely Touch Bar.

The upcoming announcements follow Apple's big event in mid-September when the business unveiled the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad.

Read more: No Macs at the Apple iPhone 13 event, but the year isn't over yet.

When will the release of the new MacBook Pros be announced?

On Oct. 18, the company will debut new MacBook Pros and possibly other new Macs. It's almost a certainty that new models will be introduced next week, and perhaps other Mac models as well. Mark Gurman stated in a recent Power On newsletter that he expects new MacBook Pro models to debut sometime this month. He previously stated that the new models would arrive by the end of this year.

A more powerful Apple M1X (or M2) CPU?

This is pretty much a fact. Apple's M1 CPU has gotten as far as the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Mac Mini, and iPads, but so far we haven't seen any of Apples home-grown silicon in systems for power users. Multiple sources claim that there will be a new CPU for the larger MacBook (currently viewed as '16-inch screen' version) and possibly for upcoming new desktops.

There's also been speculation that there will be two variants of the new chip, both with 10 cores (eight high-performance and two energy efficient), but with different integrated graphics core configurations: 16 or 32. In contrast, the M1 has eight cores, split equally between performance and power saving, and either seven or eight graphics core core. Doubling or quadrupling the number of cores promises significantly better performance that, in combination with the tight integration with MacOS, may rival the performance of a discrete AMD GPU. It's also unclear whether a discrete GPU is still an option.

The M1 chip has performed almost identically regardless of device in my testing, giving the iPad as much power as the Mac Mini. There are rumours of future versions with even more core options planned for the MacBook Mini and Mac Pro. That doesn't make sense for high-end equipment buyers, where a smaller processor may save you thousands or where having glib graphics may be essential.

The two variations may explain why predictions about the new CPU's name, M1X or M2, haven't been conclusive toward either.

As for Intel offerings, as early as last January, we began to hear predictions that there wouldn't be Intel versions of the MacBook Pros, and to date, there haven' been any indications to the contrary.

When will we be able to purchase them?

Because of chip shortages, you won't be able to get a new one until they're announced. Earlier this month, reports stated that the shortages would at least delay shipment until around the end of October or early November. And those delays are independent of the roadblocks to producing the Mini-LED-based screens, which may result in a very limited number of laptops available in 2021.

A new size, but at a higher starting price?

In addition to an upgraded 16-inch MacBook Pro, we may be in for a 14-inch replacement for the 13- inch MacBook, which may result in fewer screen bezels that fit into the chassis roughly the same size as the 13. It's a similar trend seen in Windows laptops, as well as the same approach Apple used when it changed from the 15-inch to the 16- inch MacBook Pro models. If the 14-inch uses a new panel technology, as shown in the resolution rumor, that would imply heightened prices as well.

Most industry observers believe there will be a price increase for the 14-inch model over the 13- inch, starting at the lower end of the latter's price range. Given the more expensive screen technology and the current shortages, I wouldn't be surprised. It makes you wonder if Apple will continue to sell the M1-based MacBook Pro 13 as a lower-cost option.

A brand new Mini-LED screen?

A Mini-LED backlight-based display appears to be another given and an extremely welcome one: It would enable MacBook Pros to achieve higher HDR at higher brightness and better local dimming, which are essential for video editing or producing content for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and its Mini LED screen. It will inevitably be followed by a release that would allow the MacBook Pro to play HDR content in 4K.

Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (who correctly described the iPad Mini months before it was revealed), tweeted that Apple would use screens from LG Display and Sharp -- "MiniLEDs, 100% confirmed."

The oxide backplane and Mini LED backlight (but not the 120Hz refresh rate) are two technologies employed by Apple's Pro Display XDR, which is a good indicator for black levels.

MacRumors spotted a reference to new screen resolutions in 'a late beta of MacOS Monterey': "3,456x2,234 Retina" and "3,000024x1,964 Re Tino." The first would have about the same pixel density (226 ppi) as the current 16-inch MacBook display. Apple always prefers to stick to a certain size range for its Retina screens, but the latter is only tad different from the current 3,072x1,920; that's indicating that Apple will release . On the 16-inch and 14-inches, respectively, both resolutions would provide the same 257 ppi.

A new aesthetic?

Rumors are varied here. Every Apple product announced this year, from the iPad to the iMac, has adopted the flat-edged profile aesthetic that evokes the iPhone 4. Given its clamshell construction, it's yet to be seen if Apple will do the same for the MacBook Pro. The MacBooks' bright colors may rival the iMac 24 but there hasn't been much interest in suggestions that they might be available in bright shades.

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Goodbye, Touch Bar?

I've never been a fan of the Touch Bar, especially as he replaced fixed function keys, so I get these well-received rumorations about the deprecation of TouchBar and return of real function key replacements with sledding -- and will be very disappointed if they turn out to be false. Additionally, since Mini-LED produces more heat than other backlights, Apple could conceivably use less heat dissipation near the display.

Return of old favorites?

Apple had stripped its MacBook Pros of connectors that many people had come to rely on, such as an HDMI connection, SD card slot, and MagSafe connector (not to be confused with the Magsafe charger for the iPhone). Various rumor has it that we'll soon be able to get those USB4/Thunderbolt ports back, as well as a new pair of USB 4/THunderbust connectors. Some reports have also indicated a return of the MagSafe connection, but it's possible that they're confusing them with rumors about emulating stale paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission for acquiring oh-so-important Magsafe charger for the iPhone.

A 1080p webcam, but no Face ID?

Apple introduced an upgraded 1080p webcam with the 27-inch iMac (and the discontinued eMac Pro), then with its 24-inch MacBook Pro, making it possible to incorporate one into the MacBook pro as widely rumored, since it's likely to be used for videoconferencing more than many other of Apple' s devices. But while Touch ID may remain, there hasn't been a positive word about much-requested Face ID (or 5G) since we heard in January that it wouldn'' t be included.

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