Apple’s recently released MacBook Pro models may offer a power boost over the previous generation, but nothing can be classified as “new” in the package. I’d say they’re closer to mid-cycle “S” upgrades than next-gen business macOS laptops.
What could Apple be planning for this next generation?
Korean publication ET News, which regularly monitors the supply chain, reports that Apple has worked hard to find OLED display panels in sizes suitable for the iPad family. Today’s report highlights two more physical screen sizes, in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. In other words, these are perfect sizes for business MacBook Pro laptops.
Apple has worked hard to integrate the microLED display into its portfolio, but it should start with a smaller screen, like the Apple Watch, before something bigger. A “halfway house” of an OLED display would nicely bridge that gap to the “Liquid Retina XDR” LCD displays currently in use.
A quick look at Apple’s recent software move to bring iPadOS and macOS closer together shows that the clunky mouse-based workaround is preventing many apps from switching from tablet to desktop alternatives. Adding a touchscreen, something Apple has long put off, is inevitable over the next few years.
A touch screen. A new display technology. Maybe even cameras under the glass to leave the island cutout behind.
If Apple wants to make a splash with the next MacBook Pro, it’s certainly withheld enough toys to pack a punch when it’s ready.
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