Apple has had a pretty good 2020. It not only launched the four models in the iPhone 12 lineup but also revived the iPhone SE in 2020 (review) and brought its own silicon to the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13 and Mac Mini. The Cupertino tech giant also launched a redesigned iPad Air (review) which we really like. But it looks like Apple is looking to make a big splash in 2021 as well.
Redesigned MacBook’s with Apple Silicon expected in 2021
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to release more Macs with the Apple Silicon in 2021 as a part of its transition from Intel chips. The next Macs to get the Apple Silicon are the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. These Macs are expected to launch in the second or third quarter of 2021. It is possible that these Macs will come with the rumoured souped-up version of the M1 chip, currently speculated as the M1X. The M1 is the chip powering the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13 and the Mac Mini. The chip has received some great reviews for its performance, but the Mac Mini seems to be plagued with some Bluetooth issues.
While we haven’t seen a 14-inch MacBook Pro, one can expect the highest tier 13.3-inch MacBook Pro for 2021 to come with a slight redesign bringing with it a larger display, similar to what we saw when transitioning from the 15-inch MacBook Pro to the 16-inch one.
New iPad and iPad Pro in 2021
While Apple is rumoured to launch a new iPad with a Mini LED display in the first half of 2021, we could see an iPad Pro with an OLED display towards the latter half of next year.
If rumours circulating the internet are to be believed, then the previous-generation iPad Air specifications could find themselves on the 2021 iPad. Whether this will be the one sporting a Mini LED display remains to be seen. You can read more about the 2021 iPad here.
Moving over to the iPad Pro, it looks like the biggest change will be with the display, which will now sport an OLED Panel. According to South Korean news outlet TheElec, the OLED displays on the new iPad Pros will come from Samsung and LG. To counter the effects of burn-in and loss of brightness over time, the emitting layers will be stacked on top of the OLED panel. This will ensure a longer lifespan for the display. How this will translate in the real world is something we will know when we get our hands on it next year.