Upcoming MacBook Pro redesign will reportedly add UHS-II SD card slot, M1X, and illuminated Touch ID button

Apple is said to be working on a significant redesign for the MacBook Pro lineup, working with a new 16-inch variant expected to arrive later this year. (Apple already introduced an M1-based 13-inch MacBook Pro.) Now, a new rumor aims to shine a bit more light on one of those incoming changes.

YouTuber Luke Miani recently published some details regarding the incoming, redesigned MacBook Pro. A YouTube video, which you can watch below, and supported stories on Apple Track (via 9to5Mac). According to the leaker, Apple is going to indeed add an SD card slot in the new MacBook Pro. But, not just a standard one.

Miani says Apple’s SD card slot will support UHS-II cards. This means the new SD card slot will offer support for faster cards, which will make transfers even easier in the new machine. For comparison, a traditional SD card can reach transfer speeds up to 100mb/s. A UHS-II SD card can reach transfer speeds up to 312mb/s.

As Miana says, the adoption of a UHS-II SD card slot should be a welcomed change for photographers and videographers and editors.

The rumor also reiterates the expectation that Apple will upgrade the M1 processor, market it as the M1X, and stick it inside the new MacBook Pro.

One of the more interesting new additions, according to these rumors, is that Apple is going to add a backlit, illuminated Touch ID button in the new MacBook Pro. That would be a first for the company to date. Miana says there will be “multiple dedicated LEDs” making the magic happen, so it will be interesting to see what that looks like in action.

One more notable change for the new MaBook Pro: 32GB of RAM. According to Miana, that’s how much the new laptop will be capped at at launch. This would not be a lot for all those working professionals who are looking forward to that SD card slot enhancement.

It also contradicts a recent report from Bloomberg that said the new MacBook Pro can be configured up to 64GB of RAM.