At Least One New MacBook With Apple Silicon 'Likely' at WWDC, Says Morgan Stanley Analyst

We're just three days away from Apple's annual developers conference, WWDC, but rumors are still divided as to whether new MacBook Pro models with Apple silicon will be announced at Apple's opening keynote on Monday.

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Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty weighed in on the matter in a research note shared with MacRumors today, claiming it's "likely" that Apple will announce at least one new MacBook model powered by Apple silicon at WWDC.

"In the last 12 months, Apple has introduced not only new Macs (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13", and the Mac Mini) with M1, but also a high end 12.9" iPad Pro with the M1 chip," wrote Huberty. "We expect this momentum to continue into WWDC 2021, and based on our checks, we believe it's likely Apple launches a new MacBook featuring in-house designed silicon."

Huberty said there is potential for the new MacBook to feature the so-called "M2" chip, and if so, she assumes that shipments to customers would begin in the second half of 2021. This notebook would very likely be a new high-end MacBook Pro, with Apple rumored to be planning redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, but Huberty did not specify.

MacRumors discovered potential battery listings for the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in a Chinese regulatory database earlier this week.

Huberty's prediction lines up with leaker Jon Prosser, who said a new MacBook Pro is coming at WWDC. However, supply chain reports from outlets like Nikkei Asia and DigiTimes have suggested that mass production of new MacBook Pro models will not begin until the second half of 2021, casting at least some doubt on a WWDC announcement.

One possibility is that the new MacBook Pro models will be announced at WWDC, but not ship until several weeks later. This would be in line with the new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV models, which did not begin arriving to customers until May 21, just over one month after being announced at Apple's Spring Loaded event on April 20.

The new MacBook Pro models are each expected to feature a brighter mini-LED display, an improved iteration of the M1 chip, and a new design with a flatter top and bottom. The notebooks are also expected to regain some ports that Apple removed from the MacBook Pro in 2016, including an HDMI port, SD card slot, and a magnetic charging port. Rumors also suggest the Touch Bar will be retired in favor of physical Fn keys.

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Top Rated Comments

antiprotest Avatar
41 months ago
I can be an analyst.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mozumder Avatar
41 months ago
no more teasing just do it already. Been waiting 10 years to replace my 17" MacBook Pro
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
41 months ago
According to analysts, Apple likely to release the best something "ever".
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
41 months ago
See? WWDC time, the rumors are fast, furious, and each contradicts the other.

This grows tiresome, I get it, it's for clicks, but ENOUGH.

Will be teased at WWDC, release a while later. Done. Now I'm an analyst.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
terminator-jq Avatar
41 months ago
Funny how these “analyst” don’t really give us anything new nowadays.

I think at this point most of us can agree that there is a very good (maybe not completely guaranteed) chance that the new 14” and 16” MacBook Pro models are coming at WWDC with an M1X (not M2).
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
41 months ago
"Likely" means nothing in the land of electronics rumors
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)