Manzana plans to update two of the most iconic models in its laptop line: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. According to a leak, both versions would coexist with the current ones, but they will stand out from the rest for having new design and features, such as the presence of an SD card reader.
At the beginning of November of the pandemic year, the Cupertino technology company presented the first MacBooks that integrated the new processor Apple Silicon M1, a self-developed chip that marked the end of its relationship with Intel. This “brain” makes use of a new unified memory architecture, manufactured in 5 nanometers with 16,000 million transistors.
After a good reception from its legion of fans, Apple plans to go for more with a new and refurbished MacBook Air that would hit the market by the end of 2021 or, at the latest, in early 2022.
Among the novelties would bring back the MagSafe charging port, would release a new Apple Silicon SoC and it would be thinner, lighter and smaller than the current model – despite having the same 13-inch screen.
Also, the company plans to include a 15-inch screen. However, this variant would not succeed in the next generation, as revealed by the Bloomberg agency.
Throughout 2021, Apple would also introduce a new MacBook Pro that would bring back the SD card reader. The American company decided to withdraw this element from its more advanced family of notebooks in 2016, but it appears to be backing down.
This new MacBook Pro too say goodbye to the popular Touch Bar and it would bring back the MagSafe cargo port. This magnetic connector detaches from the MacBook and protects the computer in the event that a person trips over the charging cable.
In addition to these changes, Apple is expected to incorporate a MacBook Pros new processor Apple Silicon that surpasses the well-known M1. This would have more cores high performance, which would translate into a increased processing capacity.
Bloomberg, finally, highlights that Apple was working on the implementation of a modem with cellular connectivity and the Face ID facial unlocking system. However, neither of these two options would be implemented on Macs in the short term.
Apple fixes a 13-inch MacBook Pro bug
On the other hand, the Californian technology announced in May 2019 a program to repair the screen of a series of 13-inch MacBook Pro devices that showed problems with the backlighting for free, which now he decided to extend it one more year.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro Repair Program page update states that it is valid for eligible devices “for a period of five years from the unit’s original date of sale or three years from the date the unit was originally sold. start date of this program, whichever is longer. ” Previously, the program was valid for a maximum of four years after purchase.
One of the problems that Apple is proposing to solve is the backlighting of the MacBook Pro screens. Photo: Shutterstock.
Apple announced in May 2019 that it would bear the cost of repairing post-2016 13-inch MacBook Pros that had a number of issues identified with the display backlight: the backlight showing bright vertical areas at the bottom from the screen, or what the backlight directly does not work.
The repair program states that only 13-inch MacBook Pros from 2016 with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and the same model with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which were sold between October 2016 and February 2018.
The problem with the backlighting is in the flexible cables between the keyboard and the screen, which are thinner and more fragile in order to make the equipment as light as possible and, in addition, they come wrapped around a hinge that wears them out every time the screen is opened and closed.
However, as the cable was built into the display itself, it could not be changed separately and the display had to be replaced entirely, costing around $ 600.