Apple announces M2 MacBook Pro orders begin this Friday and ship next week

The news: Orders for the new M2 MacBook Pro are happening ahead of schedule, according to a new press release from Apple.

  • “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!

New 14/16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and Max could launch later this year

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…

Apple could release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro as soon as tomorrow

The rumor: Alongside a new MacBook Air, Apple may have another laptop up their sleeves for WWDC, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “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.

Many Apple products sold out for months as supply chain issues finally add up

The news: In a situation that has been developing for months, significant product shortages have finally begun to affect the Cupertino tech giant across numerous product categories.

As first noted by @BasicAppleGuy, here are the current estimated shipping times for the following products in the United States:

  • iPad Air: 31-38 days
  • Mac Studio (M1 Max base model): 9-17 days
  • Mac Studio (M1 Ultra base model): 52-67 days
  • Mac Studio (custom configuration): 80-94 days
  • Apple Studio Display: 60-74 days
  • MacBook Pro (base 14/16-inch): 57-71 days
  • MacBook Pro (custom configuration): 59-76

Some stock may show up sporadically in Apple Stores between now and these estimated dates…but the availability will be quite constrained for the next 2-3 months.

Sam’s take: We’ve been hearing about supply chain issues since the beginning of 2020 when COVID first struck, but Apple has been largely immune to the effects until now. While some products like the iPhone and iPad had been temporarily hard to find, 3 of the 4 new products from Apple’s March 8 event are still sold out for weeks. Not to mention the crazy delays on new MacBook Pro models that were released in October of last year. But the well-being of the workers who assemble these products must come first, even if it means worse delays than what we’re seeing now.

M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro set to release before end of 2022

The rumor: Apple is working on new laptops with M2 chips inside, according to 9to5Mac (82.4% accurate).

Here’s the latest…

  • 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.

This is what’s coming at Apple’s March 8 event (updated)

Extremely likely

iPhone SE

iPad Air

Very Likely

Mac mini

New M2 MacBook Pro 13” (low-end model)

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.

Multiple M2 Macs may be unveiled at Apple’s March 8th event

The rumor: Apple is likely to announce a redesigned Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro on March 8th, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).

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.

2022 MacBook Pro said to release in March with M2 chip and a Touch Bar

The rumor: Apple will announce a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with an unchanged design in March, according to a Weibo source spotted by MacRumors (72.7% accurate).

The details, according to the source who first claimed the 14/16-inch MacBook Pros would have a notch…

  • 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.

2022 MacBook Pro said to launch in early March

The rumor: Apple will unveil a new low-end MacBook Pro model in just about a month, according to DigiTimes (60.8% accurate).

According to the report…

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.

2022 MacBook Pro refresh will focus on new low-end model

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.

Cheaper 14-inch MacBook Pro coming later in 2022 with M2 chip

The rumor: Apple is going to release a more affordable 14-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2022, according to dylandkt (77.5% accurate).

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.

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