MacBook Pro: SD Card slot could be coming back

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

Editor’s note: Updated 1/22/21 with a report that the SD Card slot could make a comeback.

The latest: SD Card slot returns, but no Face ID

In a January report about a smaller MacBook Air, Bloomberg reported that Apple could outfit the next MacBook Pro with an SD Card slot. The SD Card slot was removed from the MacBook Pro in 2016. In the same report, Bloomberg stated that Apple is working on Macs with cellular connectivity and Face ID, but those features will not be ready soon.

January reports from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman have details on what could be coming in the next MacBook Pro. Both say that Apple will release 14- and 16-inch models with Apple’s system on a chip that has more processing cores and enhanced graphics than the M1. Also, the laptops will feature MagSafe adpaters, no Touch Bar, and a design that mirrors the iPhone 12. Get more details on the Kuo and Gurman reports. 

DigiTimes posted an uncomfirmed report in January 2021 that said that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be released in 2021 with a mini-LED display.

In December 2020, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research note that said that the rollout of Apple silicon will continue in 2021 with a redesigned 14-inch MacBook Pro that will be revealed in the second half of the year.

Kuo did not provide details on the specifications or features at that time, but Kuo has released another report, stating that the new laptops will use mini-LED displays. Mini-LED displays have higher contrast ratios and darker blacks compared to standard LEDs, which are currently used in the MacBook Pro.

Mini-LED technology costs more to implement, but according to Kuo, Apple offsets the cost because it is using its own silicon. That could mean we will not see an increase in the sale price.