Bloomberg: Next MacBook Pro to Feature SD Card Reader

Last week, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlined his expectations for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models later this year, including the return of the MagSafe charging connector, the removal of the Touch Bar, a new flat-edged design, and the return of more ports built into the notebooks for expanded connectivity.

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A concept of a modern MacBook Pro with an SD card reader

Kuo did not specify which ports might be making a comeback, but Bloomberg's Mark Gurman today reported that the next MacBook Pro models will feature an SD card reader for transferring photos shot with a digital camera and other files:

The upcoming MacBook Pro is an example of Apple's renewed focus on Mac loyalists. The company is planning to bring back an SD card slot for the next MacBook Pros so users can insert memory cards from digital cameras. That feature was removed in 2016, to the consternation of professional photographers and video creators, key segments of the MacBook Pro user base.

The latest MacBook Pro models only have Thunderbolt ports, forcing photographers to use an adapter or dock to gain access to an SD card reader.

In his research note last week, Kuo mentioned that "most users may not need to purchase additional dongles" for the next MacBook Pro, so it is possible that an SD card reader will not be the only port that returns. As recently as 2015, the MacBook Pro was also equipped with an HDMI port and USB-A ports, but it would certainly be surprising to see the latter make a comeback given the tech industry's transition to USB-C.

Kuo expects the new MacBook Pro models to launch in the third quarter, which spans July through September. They would replace the higher-end 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models released in May 2020 and November 2019, respectively. The base model 13-inch MacBook Pro was already updated with Apple's custom M1 chip a few months ago.

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Top Rated Comments

xnu Avatar
12 weeks ago
So sad that this makes me very excited. Take something away, then make me happy when they give me small things back. It is like an abusive relationship.
Score: 90 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bollman Avatar
12 weeks ago
Either Apple is backtracking all of their decisions since 2016, or they have sent out the specs for the late 2015 MacBooks as decoys to find leaks.
Score: 89 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SuprUsrStan Avatar
12 weeks ago

Either Apple is backtracking all of their decisions since 2016, or they have sent out the specs for the late 2015 MacBooks as decoys to find leaks.
Either that or Engineers have better utility sense than Jony Ive in what customers actually want.

Who would have thought.
Score: 81 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DAC47 Avatar
12 weeks ago
Is it a coincidence that Jonny Ive is no longer in charge of design at Apple and useful ports suddenly start returning?
Score: 78 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFather Avatar
12 weeks ago
Introducing the new Macbook Pro.



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Score: 65 Votes (Like | Disagree)
verniesgarden Avatar
12 weeks ago

Why bring back an obsolete slot? We are on CFExpress A and B now, with SD Express coming to fight CFExpress A. SD is dead.
SD still has a life for at least 5 years. Camera manufacturers are being very slow to go all in on CFExpress, and even when they do they keep an SD card as the second slot. And this isn't even getting into the consumer grade cameras or micro SD devices
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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