Kuo: Mini-LED iPad and AirPods 3 Coming First Half of 2021
Apple intends to launch an iPad with a mini-LED display and AirPods 3 with a design signature similar to AirPods Pro in…
Now that the first Apple Silicon Macs are known, I’m interested in this tidbit from TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (as relayed by Tim Hardwick):
Kuo said roughly eight months ago that Apple has six mini-LED products in its pipeline planned to launch though the end of 2021. The products include a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 27-inch iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 10.2.-inch iPad, and a 7.9-inch iPad mini.
This latest report reiterates that the iPad Pro will be the first (though I hope the 11-inch, my preferred size, gets the same treatment as the 12.9-inch) to go Mini-LED. But more intriguing is the talk of iMac Pro and MacBooks Pro now that the M1 chip is in the wild. Presumably, these will be the fourth, fifth, and sixth Apple Silicon Macs — following the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini.
If accurate, this also makes the 13–inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip make more sense. It really should be thought of less as a MacBook Pro and more as an old school MacBook — the kind that use to reside between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.¹
Frankly, it’s sort of surprising that Apple didn’t take the opportunity to rebrand it this week. But perhaps they were worried it would be compared to the more recent iteration of the MacBook, the one I miss, which was much smaller and lighter. And maybe they also wanted to convey just how powerful these chips were — more than powerful enough to power a ‘Pro’ machine (before the true Pro machines come).
Perhaps such a rebrand will happen with time — especially if Apple does eventually launch a new 12-inch device, a MacBook ‘mini’ or ‘nano’, as it were. Please, please, please. 🙏
¹ And don’t be surprised if these new Mini-LED MacBook Pros also have a different variant of the M1 chip that is more powerful, just as the iPads Pro have a more powerful A-series chip than the iPhone/iPad.