“On Friday, June 17, at 5 a.m. PDT, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 will be available to customers to order on apple.com, the Apple Store app, and through Apple Authorized Resellers, and will start arriving to customers worldwide on Friday, June 24,” the release says
Apple previously said that both the M2 MacBook Air and Pro wouldn’t be shipping until July, but it appears that the Pro was ready ahead of schedule
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro looks identical to the previous generation and even features the Touch Bar…but now packs the powerful M2 chip with a faster 8-core CPU and new 10-core GPU
Sam’s take: This is great news! We’re getting our hands on the M2 chip earlier than Apple said we would. Looking forward to testing it against my M1 devices and seeing what noticeable changes there are generation-over-generation. Also, the time for orders isn’t the middle of the night anymore…it’s 7am CST!
The rumor: New MacBook Pros could come as soon as the end of 2022, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).
“These new 14-inch and 16-inch models, codenamed J414 and J416, won’t be radically new products beyond offering the speedier chips,” Gurman says. “The M2 Max chip in the next high-end MacBook Pros will include 12 main processing cores and up to 38 graphics cores, up from a maximum of 10 processing cores and 32 graphics cores in the current models”
Apple’s new MacBook Pro models could see these new chips near the end of this year or early in 2023, but an exact timeline remains to be seen
Sam’s take: I wouldn’t expect these new laptops to launch before the end of 2022 as that seems a bit soon after the major update in 2021. The new M2 chips seem like they’ll actually be a moderate update though! 2 additional CPU cores and 6 more GPU cores should net some solid improvements…
“A faster 13-inch MacBook Pro had also been planned to launch around the same time as the new Air, but those same lockdowns in China could have thrown off that part of the roadmap as well. When that machine does launch, expect it to look the same as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 sans the Touch Bar,” Gurman says
While we don’t see a concrete timeline mentioned, it sounds like both a new MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro are coming either on Monday or soon after
Sam’s take: Let me translate the above: “A new 13-inch MacBook Pro was supposed to launch at WWDC the last I’ve heard but with the recent lockdowns, who knows, it may have been delayed…so don’t be surprised if you do or don’t see it.” Really, I think the fact that there’s no mention of a new Mac mini completely invalidates the “leak” from B&H Photo of new towers coming. My gut says we’re going to see both this new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro appear at the event tomorrow, but that’s not based off of anything other than the copious evidence that some new hardware is coming.
The new MacBook Air, releasing later this year, will have a M2 chip inside featuring an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, 9to5Mac says
Apple’s also preparing to drop a new 13-inch MacBook Pro…but it’s based on the previous-generation design that could include a Touch Bar (it’ll have the same M2 chip described above)
Sam’s take: There have been numerous conflicting reports on what Mac laptops Apple will end up releasing this year, but this news seems to paint the clearest picture yet: we’re getting 2 lower-end laptops with new M2 chips. Sounds right to me.
Ian’s Take: I am very excited for this event. At first, it seemed like an event for the new iPhone SE and iPad Air with a small Mac upgrade on the side. Now that we have Mark Gurman confirming the release of 2 new Macs, it is becoming clear to me that this event is about M2 Macs with the iPhone SE and iPad Air being secondary.
Ian’s Take: For weeks now there have been conflicting rumors about what to expect at the March event and it is finally starting to be clear. While at first, the 3rd-generation iPhone SE and new iPad Air seemed to be the focus of the event, it is now clear that this event will be all about the new M2 chip…which will be featured in a new Mac mini and a low-end MacBook Pro 13-inch. We also hear that Apple is planning on launching even more Macs in May or June. This is an extremely exciting year for the Mac and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us.
In March, Apple will unveil a replacement to the current 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro…but the only change will be a new M2 chip inside
This suggests the rest of the MacBook Pro will remain the same, even keeping the Touch Bar from the old design: no notch or 120Hz ProMotion display will be present
Ian’s Take: While initially, I was skeptical when DigiTimes reported that Apple would release an M2 13’’ MacBook Pro in early March, hearing this from a source that has previously proven to have accurate supply chain information adds more credibility to the rumor. I still find it hard to believe that Apple would release a second-generation M2 system before they finish releasing their highest-end M1-based systems…but this Weibo source has said crazier things before.
The new MacBook Pro will have a M2 processor inside (suggesting it will be situated at the low-end of the current lineup)
Our take: I doubt that we will see this M2 MacBook Pro before any other M2 computers, like the redesigned MacBook Air or iMac 24-inch. At the same time, l can’t imagine it would be too difficult to put a less-powerful chip in the body of a notebook made for more-powerful chips.
The rumor: Apple’s next MacBook Pro will be an updated version of the 14-inch…but with worse specs across the board, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).
Here’s what to expect…
Same design as the current 14-inch model
Worse screen without Mini-LED or 120Hz ProMotion
Lower storage configuration options
M2 chip (yet to be unveiled)
Our take: So who is this notebook for? I’m genuinely confused because Apple is working on a revamped MacBook Air with specs that are almost identical…and it will likely be cheaper. Based on this report, Apple is taking away essentially everything that makes this MacBook Pro in the first place.
The design is said to be identical to the current 14-inch MacBook Pro, which features USB-C, MagSafe, HDMI and a SD card reader
Our take: It sounds like there will be a slight market gap between the redesigned M2 MacBook Air ~$999 and M1 Pro MacBook Pro $1,799…so Apple will be introducing a lower-end 14-inch MacBook Pro for $1,399. I’m just shocked that it will have the same design and ports as the higher-end 14-inch model. This actually sounds like a pretty compelling machine.