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MacBook Pro 2021 release date could be delayed due to chip shortage

MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021 render
(Image credit: Antonio de Rosa)

It sounds like Apple could have a difficult time getting its end-of-year products off the production lines and into stores. Not only is the Apple Watch 7 said to be suffering from delays, but it now seems that the 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 release schedule could also be off track.

The news comes via DigiTimes, and the site’s sources say that the global chip shortage could see the new MacBook Pros launch in October or November, “instead of the usual September.” 

As Apple Insider notes, there is one big issue with this statement: there’s nothing “usual” about September when it comes to Apple and laptops. Indeed, the company has never launched a MacBook Pro in September, which is typically when new iPhones land. That said, this year was rumored to be a bit different, with Apple said to be planning multiple September events.  

It’s possible that this potential new delay has taken even Apple by surprise. During its most recent earnings call, the company’s chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, gently warned that the next report wouldn’t look quite as rosy thanks to “supply constraints during the September quarter.” But he added that “the constraints will primarily impact iPhone and iPad” – no mention of MacBooks was made.

Still, if DigiTimes’ report is accurate, then the delays aren’t major and we should still see new MacBook Pros roll off the production line before the end of the year. We’re expecting a flat edged redesign with the same mini-LED display technology that debuted in this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The devices are rumored to be powered by the Apple M1X chip, with improved webcam performance, and the return of both MagSafe charging and HDMI ports. The TouchBar, however, is said to be axed. The new MacBook Pro M1X could have a starting price of $1,799 as well.

Stay tuned to our MacBook Pro 2021 hub for all the latest news and rumors as we get closer to the launch. 

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.