Apple and its manufacturing partners will begin the mass production of a new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro lineup in the second half of this year, according to new reports.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already made that claim while a new Nikkei Asia report today backs that up.

The report itself is focused on iPhone 12 orders, but it does also mention that there will be two new MacBook models coming later this year. While the MacBook Pro isn’t specifically mentioned, it’s generally accepted that we’re talking about high-end models here.

Meanwhile, Apple has rescheduled plans to begin mass producing two new MacBook laptops in the second half of the year, from the previous schedule of May or June, Nikkei has learned. The two MacBooks will be powered by the Apple Silicon processor as part of a two-year transition away from longtime supplier Intel’s microprocessors.

The new Macs will not only feature Apple silicon, but likely mini-LED displays as well. Talk of the return of SD Card reader, HDMI and other ports also suggests that this MacBook Pro refresh could be one of the best in years.

We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground but we do know that anyone looking to buy a portable Mac right now should probably hang fire for a little while. Just to see what happens.

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