M1X MacBook Pros rumored to get 120Hz mini-LED display, new pricing scheme

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The rumored M1X MacBook Pros are almost upon us, and with Apple’s official event now scheduled for October 18, more details are emerging about some of these new laptops.

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Perhaps most exciting is the possibility of a mini-LED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. If true, it would become the first MacBook to receive both display technologies.

Panel suppliers are the same between iPad Pro’s and MacBook Pro’s – LG Display and Sharp. Expect similar technology – oxide backplane, MiniLED backlights and 120Hz refresh rate. MiniLED, 100% confirmed.

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) 12 October 2021

This information has come from Twitter user Ross Young, who claims that the new MacBook Pro will share the same panel supplier as the iPad Pro. He claims that the shared supplier means we will see similar technology in both devices, including 120Hz refresh rate, oxide backplane, and Mini-LED. The mini-LED display first appeared on the latest iPad Pro, and is said to significantly improve the contrast ratio and color range of smaller displays. However, these displays are also known to have blooming issues.

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Like all rumours, all of this should be taken with suspicion. Many of these features are in line with what other analysts and leakers have said about the new MacBook Pros over the course of the year, but we still don’t consider it much more than a rumor.

However, the inclusion of a 120Hz refresh rate panel may be important as it has started to appear in some nongaming Windows laptops, such as the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio.

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The new displays on MacBook Pros aren’t the only things that are changing, of course. The most anticipated feature is the M1X chip, which is a pro-oriented version of Apple’s in-house processor. We’re also expecting a better 1080p camera, a return of legacy ports like HDMI and SD card slots, and even a new squared-off chassis design.

But information shared on Twitter by well-known leaker @dylandkt suggests that we may also see some changes in the pricing structure of the 14-inch and 16-inch models.

MacBook Pro 14 and 16:
mini led display
small bezel with no bottom logo
1080p webcam
The base model will have 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage
The base M1X is the same configuration for both the models
Price will be the same between 14 to 16 inches
new charging brick

— Dylan (@dylandkt) 12 October 2021

In the past, the MacBook Pro 16-inch has been a more expensive model, starting at $2,399. That left a $700 gap between it and the Intel-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro. But according to this tweet, the price of the new M1X version of these laptops will be close. The difference in both CPU and GPU between these models was where the price difference came from.

But since both the models will share the M1X as the standard configuration, it makes a lot of sense to have them close in price. However, there is still no word on what exactly this price will be.

Other interesting news from Dylan’s tweet include smaller bezels with no bottom logo and a new charging brick, both features we hadn’t heard of before the rumor mill.

We will soon find out all the details officially. Apple announced a new keynote event for October 18th and is expected to announce a new series of MacBook Pros, AirPods 3, and more.




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