Apple’s next-gen 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by the M2 chip will reportedly not launch before next year. Earlier this year, Apple released a couple of new MacBooks powered by its M2 chip, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 2022 MacBook Air. Although both devices come with the same processor and offer the same RAM and storage options, they have a host of differences in design and hardware. In addition, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 for the base model, the new MacBook Air is slightly more affordable, starting at $1,199.
Apple has long been rumored to use its M2-series chips in a couple of 15-inch MacBooks that might also make their way to the market next year. DSCC’s Ross Young and Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman have both confirmed that the 15-inch MacBooks are in the works and could be released as early as next spring. The news was corroborated a few months ago by tipster Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed that the devices would come in two main variants — one powered by the standard M2 chip and another powered by the M2 Pro.
Apple was rumored to launch its M2-powered 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros by the end of this year, but according to the latest Power On newsletter from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, neither will hit the market before next year. According to Gurman, Apple has pushed back the launch date by a few months to the first quarter of 2023, but he doesn’t offer a definitive reason for the delay.
Gurman also claims that design-wise, the new MacBook Pros will resemble the current-generation models powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, but they will come with the all-new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. According to him, the M2 Max will have up to 12 CPU cores instead of the 10 on the M1 Max, while its GPU cores will increase from 32 to 38.
Gurman also noted that Apple would release macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3 alongside the launch of the new MacBooks, suggesting that it could happen sometime in March. He, however, did not reveal anything about the new features that the updated software will bring to Macs and iPhones. As for the next-gen MacBook Pros, details about them are relatively scarce right now, but there will hopefully be more information in the run-up to their launch next year.
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