MacBook Pro Will Get the M2 Treatment as Soon as This Fall
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg speculates that new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with updated designs will be released this fall. He says the new laptop’s M2 chip design will allow for greater processing power.
The journalist, who has previously accurately predicted upcoming Apple products, stated in their weekly Power On newsletter that the MacBook Pro’s design is “likely to remain roughly the same,” meaning there will be no major new visual changes or features.
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MacBook Pro Will Get M2 Treatment
Unsurprisingly, Gurman thinks that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will be available in the two new MacBook Pro models. When Apple updates the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2022, the new chips will be significantly faster than the M2 shipped in recent months and more optimized for demanding workflows.
The graphics side is where you want to put your attention, as Gurman puts it. The M2 was only 10-20% faster in CPU performance than its predecessor, depending on the task, but it was up to 40% faster in graphics performance, so that makes sense.
With a fall release, it seems likely that the MacBook Pro will follow the same pattern of annual updates as the iPhone. Additionally, it appears to be somewhat more aggressive than we anticipated. Since the M1 Pro and M1 Max were released a full year after the initial M1 machines, we anticipate a MacBook Pro refresh in the spring of 2023 rather than 2022 if Apple maintains the same release schedule for its second-generation chips.
This is a possibility that Gurman recognizes. He writes that it is hard to say when these will hit shelves because of “continuing supply chain challenges.” Even though Apple has been moving slowly with its M1 rollout, it’s possible that the laptops will arrive this fall. That’s in part because it might be easier for Apple to create second-generation chips than first-generation ones.
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