Last Updated on 25th January, 2021.
The New 16-inch Macbook Pro (2021) would be a significant feat for the new Apple Silicon powered Mac line-up. After the promising debut of the Apple Silicon Macs, the future Macs seem surprisingly interesting. We want to help you decide if you should wait for the new Apple Silicon powered, 16-inch Macbook Pro.
A 2021 MacBook Pro release date is still long away, with a potential May to June timeline. You should also expect further delays till September or October. It’s to be kept in mind if you decide to wait for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
A lot of changes may potentially make it to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021). Let’s discuss all these changes.
All the hopes for a design change with Apple Silicon Powered 2020 Macbooks have gone in vain. But this may change with the upcoming 16-inch Macbook Pro (2021).
After sticking to the same designs for years now, Apple is ready to tweak the Macbooks’ design. Ming-Chi Kuo‘s claims backed by Mark Gurman, says that the new Macbook Pro will feature a flat-edged design that’s similar to iPhone 12.
We haven’t really seen Apple going backwards in terms of design, except the Butterfly keyboard. So, it will be pretty safe to say that the upcoming 16-inch Macbook Pro (2021) will rock a solid new design.
New Display Tech and Bigger Display
The benefits of waiting for a 2021 Macbook Pro with the new mini-LED display are better colour production, higher contrast ratios, HDR and local dimming. Mini LED technology should also help with battery performance due to better power efficiency.
If Apple shifts to mini-LEDs for the 2021 MacBook Pro models, about 10,000 LEDs, each under 200 microns in size, could be used in the display. Mini-LED technology will allow for a thinner and lighter design.
It is a great reason to wait for the new 16-inch Macbook Pro (2021) if you use your laptop’s display as your primary display.
No Touch Bar
Back in 2016, Apple came up with a small OLED display that had function keys. Apple also designed Touch Bar for customizable controls and as per the app being used. But Touch Bar never caught up with the consumers.
In the 2021 MacBook Pro versions, Kuo states, the Touch Bar will be removed and replaced with physical function keys. Gurman has also reported that MacBook Pro models that do not have a Touch Bar have been tested by Apple.
Even More Powerful Processor
The next iteration of Apple engineered Mac chips is likely to be called M1X. The new chipset is going to be extensively faster than the first generation M1 chip. The M1X is rumoured to come with as much as 8 power cores, and four power efficiency cores. Apple is also working on new GPU technology with 16 and 32 core GPU options, some of this new technology may make its way to new Macbook Pro models.
After considering the solid performance of the new-released M1 Macs, it can be conjectured that the M1X powered new 16-inch Macbook Pro (2021) will easily outperform the present Intel Core i9 powered 16-inch Macbook Pro.
Discrete Graphics Card
Moving on to GPU performance, Apple needs to improve a lot if it has to compete with Nvidia and AMD. Beating Intel’s integrated graphics is very impressive, but competing with discrete GPUs is where M1 powered Macs lag behind.
Apple has been providing the option for third-party GPUs in their 16-inch MacBook Pros, and we believe this trend to be continued in the new 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021). So, the new 16 inch Macbook Pro (2021) will not compromise in any sector.
Better Thermal Performance
The M1 powered MacBook Air, when launched with a fan-less design was welcomed with a lot of skepticism. MacBook Air has done a great job with thermal management. Thermal throttling doesn’t kick-in when performing most of the tasks. But we can’t ignore the fact that having a fanless design hurts the overall performance of the MacBook Air.
A better device when it comes to sustained performance is the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, thanks to its in-built fan. Having said that, the new 16-inch Macbook Pro (2021) with its two or more fans will take the sustained performance to a whole new level.
Alsot he same heat pipe configuration used for the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro model will be used by the new 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple has redesigned the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s thermal system, raising the heat pipe size, adding thermal pads, and increasing the heat sink size by 35 percent.
Thanks to improved airflow and heat control, this new thermal system will complement the increased computing capacity of the new Apple silicon chips.
The major drawback of the M1 powered MacBooks released in 2020 is the number of thunderbolt ports. The new M1 powered MacBooks have only 2 thunderbolt ports which can be quite limiting for power users. The problem can be solved with using USB Hubs, but users expect more than 2 thunderbolt ports from expensive laptops like the Macbooks.
This problem will be solved with the M1X powered new 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) as it is supposed to rock 4 Thunderbolt ports, increasing its versatility.
Also, an SD card slot can make a debut which will provide an easier way to transfer captured photos from devices like cameras and drones.
According to both Kuo and Gurman, the Magsafe is also expected to make a comeback. Magsafe was a standard charging port on Macbook Pro models from 2006 to 2016, but it was replaced with USB-C ports.
MagSafe is intended to be equivalent to the MagSafe 2 connectors and ports used prior to 2016 in the latest MacBook Pro models, which allowed for a fast-release magnetic link that avoided damage to the device and the cable when the cord was chucked.
MagSafe is supposed to enable faster charging speeds than are available with USB-C, and as Apple moves to a new charging technology, we can expect the upcoming MacBook Pro models to ship with a Magsafe charging cable and an accompanying power adapter.
Better Battery Performance
The new M1 Powered Macbooks have performed incredibly well when it comes to battery performance. The M1 chip has made the new MacBooks tremendously battery efficient, without bumping up the Battery size too much.
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) owning its physically larger battery, Mini LED display, and an even better optimized M1X chip will boost the battery life to a whole new extent.
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