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Mini-LED Expected on Apple Silicon 2021 MacBook Pros, 2022 MacBook Air

Curtis Joe

| 19 days ago


120Apple’s transition to its own in-house chips has begun with a bang. The attention garnered by the newly released 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air, and Mac mini M1 models has resulted in industry-wide shifts.

With all that excitement in tow, it’s important to keep in mind the main factors in a positive user experience regarding new devices: the look and feels.

The Feel of Using a MacBook

One of the primary concerns with the M1 following its official reveal last month was the fact that Apple’s claims were, in a word, unproven.

Pertinent graphs had missing parameters, and the precedents Apple provided to validate their lofty ‘performance per watt’ promises came off as purposefully vague.

And then they got to the first graph. So look at this graph—this is a graph of CPU power per watt. If the MacBook Air was operating at 10 watts, dropping an M1 chip in there, it just got a two times faster CPU? Is that what this means? This chart is kind of weird. They didn’t really label the axes and it’s kind of arbitrary. [...] It feels very ‘marketing’—and what even is the latest PC laptop chip we’re talking about here? It doesn’t say. I don’t know, but it seems to be suggesting that this new MacBook Air with an M1 chip will be twice as fast as… something.
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Now that reviews are out and the numbers are in, the M1 has a proper index to set up expectations in place.

The battery life is described by many to be unbelievable and beyond that of anything seen in laptops to date. The performance is also impressive, albeit at a similar level to an entry-level discrete desktop graphics card like Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.


The feel of using a Mac, facilitated by the actual hardware and software experience, has definitely changed on these new devices.

The M1 chip boasts generational increases in performance and battery life, and the responsiveness of macOS across the entire interface has been revamped.

A Bright New Look for the MacBook

Apple has always had industry-leading attention to detail regarding design, and that was one area where people were a bit disappointed last month.

The M1-equipped MacBooks sported the same design language as those released the previous year, and nothing seemed too new on the outside.


Now, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is expected to release two new M1 MacBook Pros in 2021.

Kuo's recent reports suggest that these new MacBook Pros will debut in 14.1-inch and 16-inch form factors with an updated industrial design and, of course, the highly anticipated Mini-LED display technology.


Kuo’s latest research note to investors, seen by MacRumors, also outlines an Apple Silicon-equipped MacBook Air releasing in 2022 at a more affordable price.

This model will likely also be equipped with Mini-LED, so it will be interesting to see what areas see the sacrifice in lowering the device’s price.

Considering the rumors regarding updated iMac and Mac Pro designs in 2021, it’s fair to assume that Apple will begin the Mac remodeling process next year.

Products Covered

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MacBook Pro
Release Date
November 2020


• 256GB / 512GB
• 13.3" LED-Backlit Retina Display with IPS Technology
• Apple M1 chip
• 8GB / 16GB unified Memory
• Up to 17 Hours Wireless Web


The brand-new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Apple's best-ever chip on its most advanced MacBook model. Designed for speed, power, and excellence, the 13-inch MacBook Pro improves all the features that make the MacBook Pro one of the most popular and capable laptops out there. The M1 chip, macOS Big Sur, and a host of upgrades make this MacBook truly a Pro.

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