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New MacBook Pro rumors claim UHS-II SD card reader, RAM capped at 32 GB

The SD card may make a triumphant return to the MacBook Pro with faster speeds in tow. (Image: MacBook Pro 2015 review by Notebookcheck)
The SD card may make a triumphant return to the MacBook Pro with faster speeds in tow. (Image: MacBook Pro 2015 review by Notebookcheck)
New rumors from Apple-centric YouTuber Luke Miani claim that the upcoming MacBook Pro will sport a UHS-II SD card reader that offers read speeds up to three times faster than the UHS-I card readers used on previous MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. However, Miani also cites insider information stating that the newest MacBook Pros will be limited to 32 GB of RAM.

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The MacBook Pro rumor mill is firing on all cylinders, and YouTuber Luke Miani is adding more to the pile. Per Miani, the next iteration of the MacBook Pro will boast a nice feature long requested by Apple pros but will carry a caveat that Cupertino connoisseurs may claim cripples the computer.

In a YouTube video and AppleTrack article posted today, Miani claims that the upcoming MacBook Pro will sport a UHS-II SD card slot. While many have speculated that an SD card reader will once again grace the MacBook Pro lineup with this year’s release, Miani cites “a trusted source” that claims the slot will support UHS-II speeds.

UHS-II card readers are rated for read speeds of up to 312 MB/s, roughly three times faster than the UHS-I readers found in most laptops. The Apple Macbook Air (2017) and MacBook Pros of 2015 are the last Apple laptops to have an SD card reader, and these machines’ average read speeds landed between 75-90 MB/s.

While the addition of a fast SD card reader is good news (especially for video and photography professionals), Miani also reported a disappointing rumor: the next MacBook Pros may be limited to 32 GB of RAM. While this may sound like more than enough RAM for most people, IT professionals and videographers that demand loads of RAM may be frustrated with the highest-end laptop from Apple.

It should be noted that other rumors have stated that the new MacBook Pros will cap out at 64 GB of RAM. Additionally, Apple sells MacBook Pros with up to 64 GB of RAM as of press time.

Miani also reports that the Touch ID sensor on the upcoming MacBook Pros will have a backlight. He hopes that Apple will program animations and light patterns into this rumored backlight to highlight notifications, logins, and other things. These animations are just Miani’s personal wish and weren’t reported as part of his inside information.

As with all rumors, these should be taken with a grain of salt. As we get closer to a potential launch of whatever Apple is cooking up for the MacBook Pro line, rumors will swirl faster and faster. Miani doesn’t routinely put out rumors about Apple products, so caution should be exercised.

What do you think about the rumored UHS-II card reader in the MacBook Pro? Let us know in the comments.

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Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1129 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2021-07-13 (Update: 2021-07-13)