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Chances of Apple M1X-powered MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 laptops receiving Mini LED screens increased by M1 iPad Pro reveal

Apple's XDR technology stands for "Extreme Dynamic Range" and could be part of future MacBook Pro Mini LED panels. (Image source: Apple - edited)
Apple's XDR technology stands for "Extreme Dynamic Range" and could be part of future MacBook Pro Mini LED panels. (Image source: Apple - edited)
The revelation of the 2021 Apple iPad Pro with Mini LED screen has apparently increased the chances of a MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 being fitted with similar panel technology. The 2021 MacBook Pro laptops could star with XDR displays, potential Apple M1X Silicon, and feature the popular MagSafe charging cable.
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Apple’s Spring Loaded event promoted a number of products that offer up technology that is likely to be utilized in the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 that are widely expected to be unleashed upon the world in the second half of 2021. A report from analyst firm TrendForce has claimed that such is the interest in a Mini LED-sporting 12.9-inch iPad Pro that it could easily shift five million units in this year alone. On top of that, with the 2021 M1 iPad Pro featuring such display technology as a selling point, it seems more than likely that the same will be applied to future Apple devices.

It has already been rumored that at least the future Apple MacBook Pro 14 would boast of having a Mini LED panel, so this latest report doubles down on that rumor while also including the MacBook Pro 16. The same market analyst points out that the use of Mini LED, at least with the refreshed iPad Pro, has led to an understandable price hike. Price rumors for the 2021 MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 have stated that there will be no price rises for the redesigned laptops, which seems unlikely if they are going to feature XDR panels and M1X Apple Silicon.

While Apple has still not offered any kind of official confirmation or naming scheme for future M1-based processors, the current “M1X” name is frequently used when speculating on the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. It is expected there will be at least a CPU core boost, possibly from 8 cores to 12 cores, with the GPU part being particularly improved upon, morphing from a 7-core or 8-core unit in the current M1 Apple Silicon to a potential 16-core part by the time an M1X SoC is announced.

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Panel cost difference. (Image source: TrendForce)
Panel cost difference. (Image source: TrendForce)

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-04-21 (Update: 2021-04-22)