With just hours to go before Apple kicks off its highly anticipated Unleashed event, we're
starting to get a more complete picture of the MacBook Pro
redesign. After learning of a possible notch yesterday, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has shared his
thoughts on Apple's next-gen laptop, and it's shaping up to be one
of Apple's biggest upgrades in years.
For starters, he expects the new CPU to have 10 cores comprised
of eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores.
That's a boost over the M1 chip, which has four high-performance cores
and four energy-efficient cores. On the graphics side, Gurman says
Apple will offer two varieties: 16 cores and 32 cores. For
comparison, the current M1 comes in seven-core and eight-core
Additionally, Gurman confirms reports that the new MacBook will
mark the return of the HDMI port and SD card slot. Additionally,
Gurman reports that Apple even weighed bringing back an old-school
USB-A port to the MacBook Pro, but he says the old-school port
didn't make the cut.
Another feature likely making a return to the side of the
MacBook Pro will be MagSafe. Gurman says Apple will market it as an
ecosystem alongside MagSafe on the iPhone 12, with a charger that
quickly yanks out if someone trips on the cord. Gurman says MagSafe
speeds will be faster than they are on the iPhone 12, which top out
Gurman also expects the Touch Bar to be retired in the new
MacBook Pro. Rumors have claimed for months that Apple will be
ditching the skinny display that was introduced in 2016. It would
represent the second major rollback for a MacBook feature after the
butterfly keyboard, which began being phased out in 2019.
Finally, Gurman muses on the name of Apple's next homegrown Mac
chip. Rumors have basically settled on M1X as the name, but Gurman
also floats the idea of M1Z for the higher-end graphics option. He
also reports that new chips have appeared in developer logs under
the names M1 Pro and M1 Max, though he doesn't expect Apple to use
those names in the shipping product.