Future MacBook Pros may bring back MagSafe charging and expanded USB ports

MacBook Pros from 2016 and beyond have been limited to USB-C ports, a design choice widely criticised by creatives.

The next generation of Apple‘s MacBook Pro may restore MagSafe charging, expand connection ports and bring back physical function keys, according to some notable Apple insiders.

New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are purported to be in development, according to a research note from securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (per Macrumors.com).

The new laptop designs are said to have squared edges like an iPad Pro, but also bring back many of the most-missed hardware features from the 2015 MacBook Pro. That includes MagSafe charging, more ports beyond just USB Type-C, and physical function keys in lieu of the context-specific OLED Touch Bar.

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MacBook Pro models from 2016 and newer have been limited to only USB-C ports, requiring extra adaptors to interface with common connectors. The design drew much criticism from creatives – particularly when so many of their peripherals, storage devices and more relied on non type-C connectors.

Kuo’s predictions were mirrored by Bloomberg Journalist Mark Gurman, who tweeted: “For new high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Apple indeed plans return of MagSafe, the end of the Touch Bar (finally), brighter screens, minor design changes, next-gen M-series chips and more. Launch around mid-2021.”

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