It’s been rumoured that Apple has been developed redesigned models of its MacBook Pros. However, recent reports claim that a shortage in mini-LED components has caused production delays. Therefore, Apple’s unannounced 16-inch MacBook Pro and 14-inch model may be affected.
Reports of the mini-LED shortage have come from MacRumours (via a Digitimes article). It’s been stated that Apple originally planned to roll out the new models of the MacBook Pro in the second quarter of 2021. There have been conflicting reports in the past that placed a release in the same window. However, others have pegged the release to fall closer to Q4 of this year. The Digitimes article gives credence to the possibility of the MacBook Pros being delayed as the reported mini-LED shortage has thrown a wrench in Apple’s plan.
The sources revealed that Apple originally planned to mass-produce the two notebooks in the second quarter, but has pushed the schedule back due to the weaker-than-expected yield rates for miniLED modules.
There had also been reports that Apple may announce the redesigned MacBook Pro models during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday afternoon. However, an announcement of the new hardware was nowhere to be seen. Given that a production delay has occurred, Apple may have decided to opt for a reveal later in the calendar year.
It’s been said that both the 16-inch model and the 14-inch MacBook Pro will feature an updated design. Apple is rumoured to have removed the Touch Bar and brought back the MagSafe charger. The new hardware will reportedly also take advantage of an Apple silicon chip, whether it’s the M1 or an improved M2 processor.