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This week was sure a busy one in the Apple world, with a flurry of announcements out of CES early in the week followed by a rash of Mac- and iPhone-related rumors later in the week.



The new rumors this week included details on updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro models, as well as a few other tidbits, so make sure to read on below to get caught up!

Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models to Feature Flat-Edged Design, MagSafe, No Touch Bar and More Ports

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week released a significant report sharing several new details about the next-generation MacBook Pro models coming in the third quarter of this year.


According to Kuo, Apple will be releasing 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models featuring Apple silicon, a redesign with flatter iPhone 12-like edges, the return of MagSafe for charging, and more ports. Apple is also said to be getting rid of the controversial Touch Bar that has replaced the traditional function keys for the past several years.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also weighed in on the topic, corroborating many of the details shared by Kuo and noting that the new MacBook Pro models will also feature "brighter, higher-contrast" displays and that the return of MagSafe will allow for faster charging.

Apple Developing Redesigned iMac With Slimmer Bezels, Apple Silicon Chips

Along with redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, Apple is also planning a redesign for its iMac lineup, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.


Gurman says there will be two iMac models to replace the current 21.5-inch and 27-inch sizes, and they will feature a design similar to that of the Pro Display XDR, with slimmer display bezels all around (including removal of the long-standing "chin" beneath the display) and a flat back. The new iMacs will also be based on Apple silicon chips with more processing cores and graphics horsepower than seen in the initial batch of M1 Macs released in late 2020.

Apple Working on Two New Mac Pro Desktops, One of Which Will Be Reminiscent of Power Mac G4 Cube

Also on the desktop Mac front, Gurman says Apple is working on a pair of Mac Pro models. The first is a direct successor to the current model and is likely to continue to use Intel processors.


The second model is said to be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro and will feature a mostly aluminum exterior with a design that could "invoke nostalgia" for the Power Mac G4 Cube of old.

Apple Said to Be Working on Lower-Priced External Monitor to Succeed Thunderbolt Display

With Apple's Pro Display XDR priced at $5,000 (plus an additional $1,000 for the stand), many Apple users have been clamoring for Apple to launch a new consumer-focused display, and Gurman says Apple also has one of these in the works.


Few details on the new consumer display are known beyond scaled-down specs compared to the Pro Display XDR, but it would be Apple's first consumer-focused display since the Thunderbolt Display was discontinued in 2016.

Apple Testing In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 13, Foldable iPhone Also in the Works

In a separate report, Gurman highlighted developments on the iPhone front, claiming that Apple is considering adding an under-display Touch ID sensor to this year's iPhone, in addition to the Face ID TrueDepth sensor.


He also says Apple is indeed working on foldable iPhones and developed several prototype foldable screens with electronics behind the screen and a mostly invisible hinge. Development is still in its early stages, however, so a launch of a foldable iPhone is "likely years away," if it ever happens at all.

The Best Apple-Related Accessories at CES 2021

This week marked the first all-digital CES 2021, and while Apple does not directly participate in the convention, there are always a wide variety of Apple-related announcements, including HomeKit smart home accessories, AirPlay 2 speakers and TVs, CarPlay receivers, and more.


On our YouTube channel this week, we highlighted some of the best Apple-related accessories introduced at CES 2021. This year's picks include Kensington's new iPad Pro docking station with built-in iPhone and AirPods wireless charging, LG's first UltraFine display with OLED technology for Macs, wireless earphones from Belkin that will integrate with Apple's Find My app for lost-and-found capabilities, and more.

Visit our CES 2021 news hub for our complete coverage, and subscribe to MacRumors on YouTube for more Apple-related videos.

New AirPods Pro and iPhone SE Rumored to Launch in April

Apple plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro and a third-generation iPhone SE in April 2021, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing information provided by Chinese supply chain sources.


The report claims that the new AirPods Pro will come with a slightly narrower charging case, but no further details were provided about either product.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has previously reported that Apple is aiming to make the second-generation AirPods Pro more compact by eliminating the stem that sticks out from the bottom, but it's unclear if Apple will achieve this feat. Gurman said Apple had a design in testing with a more rounded shape that fills more of the ear, similar to Google's Pixel Buds.

As for the iPhone SE, many rumors have suggested that a larger version of the device could be released. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that Apple plans to release an iPhone with an LCD and a Touch ID power button in 2021, and perhaps that device will be the new iPhone SE.

Safari Allows Users to Enable Hidden 'Items' Tab in 'Find My' App Ahead of AirTags Launch

Apple's long-rumored AirTags items trackers are expected to be managed through the Find My app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This week, a simple Safari trick was discovered that allows anyone to get an early look at this tab on these devices.


As spotted by MacRumors reader David Chu, entering the link findmy://items in Safari on devices running iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, macOS 11.1, or later leads to a hidden "Items" tab in the Find My app where both AirTags and third-party tracking accessories are expected to be managed. It's still unclear when AirTags will launch, but Apple often introduces its first new products of a calendar year in March.

Similar to Tile and Samsung's new Galaxy SmartTag, AirTags are expected to help users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, wallets, and backpacks, with users receiving a push notification on their Apple devices when they are separated from a tagged item. AirTags are expected to support Ultra Wideband for improved spatial awareness, whereas the current Tile and Samsung trackers are limited to Bluetooth (both Tile and Samsung are expected to release Ultra Wideband trackers as well in the future).

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Onelifenofear

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Removing the Touch Bar would be a massive shame... just like removing force touch on the phone and especially the watch.

Just because some people don't use it doesn't mean many people do. They should make it more customisable though - and the 3rd party apps like better touch tool etc make it fantastic.

Esc key should be physical though!

Or perhaps they are putting in a whole old changeable Physical keyboard.... that would be nuts.
 
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iGüey

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I just want a flip iPhone that unfolded can have a +6.5 or even +7 inches screen while folded could perfectly fit in the palm of my hand.

And yes! Apple is the only one that can achieve the refinement and excellence that flip/foldable smartphones need to give the market a game changer once again. So go Apple!
 
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4jasontv

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Removing the Touch Bar would be a massive shame... just like removing force touch on the phone and especially the watch.

Just because some people don't use it doesn't mean many people do. They should make it more customisable though - and the 3rd party apps like better touch tool etc make it fantastic.

Esc key should be physical though!

Or perhaps they are putting in a whole old changeable Physical keyboard.... that would be nuts.
They should move it to the screen so that it's in the users field of vision and not someplace where it can be accidently touched while typing.
 
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Coconut Bean

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Removing the Touch Bar would be a massive shame... just like removing force touch on the phone and especially the watch.

Just because some people don't use it doesn't mean many people do. They should make it more customisable though - and the 3rd party apps like better touch tool etc make it fantastic.

Esc key should be physical though!

Or perhaps they are putting in a whole old changeable Physical keyboard.... that would be nuts.
Some far more useful (by how many find it useful vs straight up annoying) and less interrupting features Apple has removed:
MagSafe
SD card reader
Battery indicator
Optical audio
Kensington compatibility

I welcome it being finally removed but I agree with you that for the few users who can't live without the TB the option would be nice.
 
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satchmo

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I've always maintained it would be a no-brainer for stand alone mid-range 30" 5K display.

Given the contracts and investments they have with LED manufacturers, they have the supply.

The question is demand. Even with the Apple tax, my guess is they'll fly off the shelves.
 
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Blkant

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A MacBook Pro without the potentially cost increasing and awful Touch Bar and the return of something useful like the MagSafe? A potentially reasonably priced modular MacPro? The return of Touch ID vs the inconsistent an unreliable Face ID?

It’s almost like a return to form and function from the days of old. Surely to good to be true in the days of Cook.
 
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Zen_Arcade

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Hope the mac rumors are true, particularly getting rid of the touchbar. What a waste of money and space.

Would love to see a smaller/more affordable mac pro . . .
 
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Miha_v

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Very exciting rumors indeed :) it's like Apple started listening to their users :p
Smaller Mac Pro (or powerfull Mac Mini Pro with graphic card) would absolutely be something interesting.

Regarding the Touch bar; Always saw it more as a gimmick then an actually practical thing, but I believe that some people like it and I think Apple could still find a way to keep it as an option (like it was until recently on MBPs).
 
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sirozha

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Unfortunately, the display will be priced between $1499 and $1999, which is not an affordable display. It should be under $1,000, but Apple is not going to do it. At least it will not be plasticky crap.
 
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SBlue1

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Dont see the same MagSafe port coming back. Maybe a magnetic puck like the one for the iPhone? Or an adapter for the USB-C port? All the adapters you can find at Amazon seem to be garbage, maybe Apple can make a good one?
 
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