In the second half of the year, the new MacBook Pros will go on sale in two sizes: 14 and 16 inches. They will bring many changes that will be built around Apple’s new M2 (unconfirmed name) system-on-a-chip, which is the successor to the M1.
In addition to the new chip, laptops will lose the touchbar and get many old connectors: in addition to three USB Type-C / USB-4, the new MacBooks will receive HDMI, an SD card slot, and a MagSafe connector for proprietary magnetic charging. The MacBook Pro will also feature a new design featuring flat surfaces inspired by the iPhone 12 line.
One important part was in question – the screen. Apple wants the new firmware to get a miniLED display similar to the Pro Display XDR and the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple had a hard time: Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), which makes these displays, faced high scrap rates. No specific issues have been reported, but they are said to relate to the PCB and adhesive in miniLED displays. This severely stalled the process. As a result, Apple could think about postponing the presentation of MacBooks or even releasing MacBooks with conventional IPS displays.
Now you can breathe out: TSMT was able to solve the problems that arose and increased production by as much as 95%. It is reported by DigiTimes citing industry sources.
Apple is likely to unveil the new MacBook Pros at the WWDC’21 Developer Conference on June 7th.