According to recent speculation, the 14- and 16-inch models of the MacBook Pro from Apple boast impressive battery performance, but an upcoming display upgrade may further enhance their longevity. The release of these improved laptops may be imminent.
Based on a report from DigiTimes, the upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will be equipped with new mini-LED displays that offer a 10 percent increase in brightness compared to Apple’s current displays. These new mini-LEDs also consume less power when set at the same brightness level as the current ones. As a result, Apple may cap the maximum brightness of the new mini-LEDs to match that of the current ones, resulting in improved battery life. For reference, the current 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have a maximum sustained brightness of 1,000 nits for XDR content and 1,600 nits for peak brightness, and a maximum brightness of 500 nits for SDR content.
According to DigiTimes, the new MacBook Pro is scheduled to be released before the end of this year. Other sources suggest that the laptops will feature the latest M3 Pro and M3 Max processors. However, Apple has not yet released the base-level M3 chip, which is expected to be included in the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. These models will be launched before the M3 Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pro. Additionally, Apple recently updated the MacBook Pro in January of this year.
It appears that DigiTimes has made an error in their reporting. Either the M3 Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pro models with the new mini-LED technology will not be available until 2024, potentially around the spring or midway through the year (possibly announced at WWDC 2024). Alternatively, Apple may also incorporate these new mini-LED displays into the M3 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could be released within the next few weeks according to reliable source Mark Gurman from Bloomberg. However, these current models do not currently feature mini-LED displays.
Our prediction is that the upcoming MacBook Pro will have a display upgrade, but it will not be available for shipping until next year.