Apple plans to launch redesigned MacBook Pro laptops with an updated version of its internal processor sometime this summer, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
The update will be followed by new versions of the entry-level MacBook Air, Mac Pro desktop, and MacBook Pro, likely later in the year, according to the report.
It shows how Apple is working quickly to capitalize on the use of its own chips after announcing last year that it would stop using Intel processors. The Apple M1 processor made its debut in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini last year and is also used in the new iMac, which launched this spring. The computers will reportedly use newer and more powerful versions of Apple’s processor.
Apple’s MacBook customers seem to like the new chip so far. Coupled with the pandemic’s home work environment and a crop of new M1 computers, Apple’s fiscal second-quarter Mac revenue increased 70.1% year-over-year from $ 6.86 billion to $ 9, 1 billion. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told CNBC last month that he expects the business to continue to do well, even after people return to office work.
The new MacBook Pro will look different than the current model, according to the report. Its design has remained relatively unchanged in recent years.
Apple will add a 14-inch screen, replacing the 13-inch in current models, and features like MagSafe, according to the report. MagSafe, which snaps the charger into the side of the laptop and prevents tripping over the cable as it comes off easily, was last used in the 2017 MacBook Air.
It will also include some ports that professional users miss from previous versions, such as an SD card slot for cameras and an HDMI port to easily connect the computer to another display or TV, according to the report.
An Apple representative was not immediately available to comment on the report.
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