Apple is set to kick off its second product event of the season, barely a month after introducing its new iPhone 13 lineup.
At a virtual event on Monday, the company is expected to unveil two high-end MacBook Pro laptops — its first major design update to its MacBook Pro line in five years.
If the event’s “Unleashed” tagline and the invitation’s artwork — which features a hyperspace version of Apple’s logo — are any indication, Apple will spend a good bit of time touting the MacBook Pro’s speed and performance upgrades, thanks largely to its next-generation silicon chip. In 2020, the company switched to a powerful in-house M1 silicon chip for its computer lineup. Now its MacBook Pro line is expected to get the so-called M1X processor that’ll likely be even faster and more efficient.
Here are a few of the other key rumored features:
- Size and memory variations options: The new laptops are said to come in two sizes — 14 inches and 16 inches — with more memory options
- Display upgrades with thinner bezels
- No more touch bar: The company is also expected to ditch one of the MacBook’s most divisive features — the small rectangular OLED touchscreen that replaced the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard with text prediction and shortcuts.
- Back to basics: Other MacBook Pro rumors include bringing back the HDMI port, SD card slot, and a MagSafe charger, the last of which was removed when Apple introduced the line to USB-C ports.
- Longer-lasting battery life