Senior analyst tips Apple to host MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 event in October after iPhone 13 series and Watch Series 7 releases; mini LED shortage may impact shipping dates
Ming-Chi Kuo has offered more insights into Apple's next MacBook Pro models, still presumed to be 14-inch and 16-inch models. Earlier this month, DigiTimes stated that Apple would unveil the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook 16 in September, an assertion in line with Mark Gurman's claim of a summer 2021 release for both devices. However, Kuo, a revered Apple analyst, has other ideas.
According to MacRumors, Kuo has reaffirmed the rumour that Apple will start mass-producing the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 this quarter. There is no suggestion that Apple and its supply chain has already begun manufacturing these models, though. Kuo adds that even though Apple may mass-produced new MacBook Pro models by September, it may not unveil any MacBook Pro hardware until October or November. Apparently, the logic behind this is so that the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 do not cannibalise attention from the launch of the iPhone 13 series and Watch Series 7.
Kuo also believes that mini-LED panel shortages may force Apple to begin shipping the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 a few weeks after their launch. The latest iPad Pro 12.9 suffered a similar fate, too, for reference. Incidentally, Apple has released many MacBook Pro models in October or November, including last year's M1-based version. These new models are expected to feature upgraded SoCs and revised I/O, so they could be substantial upgrades over the current MacBook Pro 13 and the ageing MacBook Pro 16.