Apple’s new MacBook Pro models, which will theoretically debut with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, won’t be out this month, but should arrive before the end of the year, according to Weinrebe.
This comes from one of the most reliable sources on all things Apple, Mark Gurman (and his ubiquitous Bloomberg (opens in new tab) Newsletter), in which he claims, among other things, that the new iPad Pros are imminent (exciting), but the MacBook Pros are not (less exciting).
But the good news is that the MacBook Pros with the M2 Pro and M2 Max Silicon — which are the beefed-up versions of the M2, just as was the case with the M1 that came later with those variants — “are on track for launch.” in the near future”.
Gurman suspects the most likely time for these revamped laptops to arrive is November because, as the leaker points out, that’s traditionally when new Mac hardware hit the market. Anyway, it sounds like he thinks they’ll be here before the year is out; with all the usual skepticism about rumours. (Though it’s worth remembering that this isn’t the only time we’ve heard speculation of these pre-2022 MacBook Pros showing up recently).
Gurman notes that the first release of macOS Ventura adds support for these upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro notebooks.
Also on the Mac front, Gurman claims that Apple is currently working on a new version of the Mac mini that will include the M2 chip.
Analysis: Minimal changes, minimal effort…
The biggest change for these MacBook Pro laptops will be the addition of those beefier processors, and Gurman notes that any differences from these devices will otherwise be minimal. So don’t expect much except for the MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch engine upgrade.
This will be a low key start, the leaker believes, simply because there aren’t any major movements to be seen with the hardware that would make it worthy of a big, glittery event (or even a small, moderately flashy event).
It’s also worth noting that Gurman says he doesn’t expect the MacBooks to appear immediately alongside the iPad Pro, but that doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t make a surprising move and release them. So you never know, the laptops might show up sooner than expected (or the iPad Pro models might come later).
As for the Mac mini, an M2 version fits Gurman’s previous rumors, in which he claimed Apple was working on an M1 Pro toting spin on the compact PC (for a late 2021 or early 2022 launch), but dropped that idea but fall in favor of using the M2 chip.
Previously, the idea seems to have been that there would be a Mac mini with the vanilla M2 and also a model with the M2 Pro, which makes sense to place these alongside the Mac Studio (the latter being on the higher end). But we’ll see, and Gurman doesn’t mention what chips might be used this time.
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