All the last-minute rumor we've heard ahead of today's Apple event are true: the MacBook Pro 2021

All the last-minute rumor we've heard ahead of today's Apple event are true: the MacBook Pro 2021 ...

If you've been putting off purchasing a new MacBook Pro out of fear or indecisia, Apple may soon have the answers you have been looking for. The firm announced its next event, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, with an invitation theme of "unleashed," which indicates we're finally getting to see Apple's high-performance computers. (Here's how to watch Apple' s October event live and what we expect.)

As we get to the point, Rumors suggest that a 14-inch MacBook Pro model is on the way, as well as redesigned, high density Mini-LED-based displays, paired with soaring pixel density mini-displays similar to those on iMacs, the return of long-missed connectors and the abandonment of the not-so-lovely Touch Bar.

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

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When will the release of the new MacBook Pros take place?

On Oct. 18, the company will introduce new MacBook Pros and possibly other new Macs. It's a known fact that the new models will be released next week. Mark Gurman said in a recent Power On newsletter that he expects new MacBook Pro models to be released sometime this month. He previously speculated that the new models will be released by the end of this year.

A better Apple M1X (or M2) CPU?

This is a pretty good assumption. 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 Apple native silicon in power users' systems. Multiple sources claim that a new CPU version -- and it's reportedly already in production -- will be available for the larger MacBook (currently launching iMac with octave 16-inch display) and possibly for upcoming new desktops.

There have also been rumor that there will be two versions of the new chip, each 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 higher performance that, in conjunction 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 choice of two versions (with rumours of future versions with even more core options planned for the Mac Mini and Mac Pro) makes a lot of sense: In my testing, the M1 chip has performed virtually identically regardless of device, giving the iPad as much power as the MacBook Mini. That doesn't make sense for high-end equipment buyers, where a smaller processor may potentially save you thousands, or where having fewer graphics cards may be necessary.

The two possible explanations may be that guesses on the new CPU, M1X or M2, haven't swayed in favor of one or the other.

As for Intel offerings, we began hearing predictions that there wouldn't be Intel versions of the MacBook Pros as early as last January -- and there have been no indications to the contrary to date.

When will we be able to buy them?

Due to chip shortages, you won't be able to get one immediately after they are announced. Earlier this month, reports suggested 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 Mini-LED screens, which may result in a limited number of laptops available in 2021.

A new size, but at a lower starting price?

In addition to a 16-inch MacBook Pro upgrade, we may be in for sizing changes for the 13-in MacBook, which may result in 'a 14-Inch screen that fits roughly the same size into the chassis as the 13.' This would result due to smaller screen bezels. It follows a similar pattern seen in Windows laptops and the same approach Apple employed when it switched 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 also explain if the price increase is higher.

Most industry watchers believe there will be a price hike for the 14-inch model over the 13-incher, starting at the top 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 offer the M1-based MacBook Pro 13 as a lower-cost option.

A brand new Mini-LED screen?

A Mini-LED backlight-based display, as a given and incredibly welcome addition, would allow MacBook Pros to better support HDR at higher brightness and with better local dimming, which are critical for video editing or producing content for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and its Mini LED screen. It is hoped that an update will 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 announced), tweeted that Apple will utilize screens from LG Display and Sharp -- "MiniLEDs, 100% confirmed."

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

MacRumors spotted a mention of new screen resolutions in XP of MacOS Monterey: "3,456x2,234 Retina" and "3,000024x1,964 Retena." The first would have roughly the same pixel density (226 ppi) as the current 16-inch MacBook display. Apple always prefers to keep to a certain size range for its Retina screens, but the latter is only slightly different from the current 3,072x1,920; that's indicating that Apple will be offering retinal panels. On the 16-inch and 14-inches, respectively, both resolutions would provide the same 257 ppi.

A new aesthetic?

Rumors here differ. Nearly every Apple product this year, from the iPad to the iMac, has adopted the flat-edged profile aesthetic that resembles the iPhone 4. But given the MacBook Pro's clamshell design, it remains to be seen if Apple will implement the concept for the Mac Pro. And there hasn't been much interest in reports that the MacBooks might be colored like the iMac 24.

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Goodbye, Touch Bar!

I have never been a fan of the Touch Bar, particularly as opportune as an alternative to fixed function keys, so I receive these well-known rumors about the deprecation of The TouchBar and return of real function keyless keys with sleigh ride -- and will be very disappointed if they do not materialize. Also, since Mini-LED produces more heat than other backlights, Apple might have a lot more energy to spare 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). Several reports suggest that we'll get these, as well as a pair of USB4/Thunderbolt ports. Several reports have indicated a return of the MagSafe connection, but it's possible that they're confusing them with rumor of snafus about 'a new version of an FCC filing for .MagSafe chargers for the iPhone.

A 1080p webcam, but no Face ID?

As Apple introduced a new 1080p webcam with the 27-inch iMac (and the discontinued ION Pro), and then with the 24-inch MacBook Pro, it makes sense to incorporate one into the MacBook as widely rumored, since it's likely to be used for videoconferencing more than many of Apple' s products. While Touch ID may remain, there hasn't been a positive word about the much-requested Face ID (or 5G) since we learned in January that it wouldn'' be included.

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