Is Apple listening to the criticism surrounding its latest MacBook Pro redesign? It seems that could be the case.
Following the Ming-Chi Kuo report from January that Apple is working on a redesigned MacBook Pro with M1 technology, according to 9to5Mac, the often-trusted analyst now says that Apple’s MacBook Pro 2021 will feature an HDMI port and an SD card slot.
The current 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro only includes Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headphone jack. Regaining the standard HDMI port and SD card slot would mean that the surprisingly large ecosystem of dongles available for the current version of the Pro would no longer be needed.
Sure enough, the ‘dongle life’ will end if this report turns out to be accurate.
With this in mind, it’s unclear which ports the MacBook Pro will actually feature. For example, Apple is unlikely to include four USB-C ports, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port. Instead, this new version of the Pro will likely include two USB-C Thunderbolt ports on one side of the laptop and a slot for HDMI and SD cards on the other.
Rumors are also circulating that Apple plans to bring back MagSafe with this new version of the MacBook Pro. Although Apple recently revived MagSafe with the iPhone 12 series, the technology has not appeared on the MacBook Pro since 2015. The laptop will also feature a CPU. High-end M1, and at least some models will offer a discrete GPU.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro line is expected to launch this fall.