MacBook Pro models with an SD card reader and HDMI slot coming later this year

Apple is planning on launching new MacBook Pro models later this year. But these won’t be the regular MacBooks we’ve been seeing lately. These will bring back an SD card reader and an HDMI port alongside “several significant design and specification changes.”

According to a new report by acclaimed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, shared by MacRumors, “some of the practical changes for users are equipping with the SD card reader and HDMI port.”

Apple shifted to using only USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on its MacBooks. That’s about to change with the new MacBooks coming later this year.

Kuo says the new models will launch in the second half of 2021.

According to a previous report from Kuo, these MacBook models are also expected to resurrect the magnetic MagSafe charging system. As for the design, there will be a 14-inch and a 16-inch model that will have a flat-edged design more synonymous with the iPad Pro.

Apart from that, the new models will also ditch the Touch Bar and bring back the old row of function keys.

These MacBook Pro models will be successors to the current MacBook Pro model with the M1 chip and will likely feature the next version of Apple Silicon. Furthermore, they will also shift to a heat pipe thermal design similar to the system implemented in the current 16-inch MacBook Pro model.

That said, all these features club together to become a compelling package for people to get their hands on.

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JP Muller
JP Muller
1 year ago

I’ve come to love and enjoy my MacBook Pro M1, and since I started using the native Apple apps in stead of MS suite, even the predictive text on the Touch Bar is somewhat useful. It also turns out that once again Apple was visionary when dumping all the other ports for USB-C, most other notebook manufacturers eventually followed suit. I’m not a hardcore programmer, so I never had an obsession about the beloved function keys ;). These latest rumors are therefore either incorrect, or it quite possibly points to a complete change in vision and management direction, well –… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by JP Muller