Is Apple getting ready to backpedal on big MacBook Pro changes?

Are two of the biggest changes made to the MacBook Pro on the way out?
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Remember when Apple got rid of MagSafe in favor of USB-C, and added a Touch Bar that has left people scratching their heads as to what they're supposed to do with it?

If Apple-watcher Ming-Chi Kuo is correct -- and he often is -- both these changes could be on the way out.

In a note to investors written by Kuo and seen by MacRumors, he says Apple has two new MacBook Pros in the works that backpedal on what have been the two tentpole features of the portables since 2016.

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Here's the meat of Kuo's note:

  • Two new models -- 14-inch and 16-inch, all Apple Silicon powered (no Intel option)
  • A new flat-edged form factor
  • MagSafe charging is back
  • The Touch Bar is out, and physical buttons are back
  • More I/O ports so users will need to rely less on dongles

If Kuo is right, this is a big change for the MacBook, and it will mostly undo many of the changes Apple has introduced in the past few years.

When it comes to the Touch Bar, I'm not surprised to see Apple get rid of this. I know a lot of professional Mac users, but I don't know many who even touch the Touch Bar, and that makes it an added cost that eats into Apple's margins.

But the move back to MagSafe and more ports is interesting and has me wondering why. Two possible reasons come to mind:

Damaged USB-C ports from charging accidents is a warranty issue that Apple is seeing a lot of

The move to Apple Silicon frees up space inside the MacBook Pro chassis for more ports

As to when we can expect these units to land, that's not clear. The note suggests that these new MacBook Pros are in development, but a lot can happen between that stage and a final product being unveiled.

Thoughts? Do you want to see MagSafe back and the Touch Bar gone? Let me know in the comments below.

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