Apple’s new MacBook Pro models, which will theoretically debut with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, won’t be released this month, but should arrive before the end of the year, according to rumors.
This comes from one of the most trusted sources on all things Apple, Mark Gurman (and his ever-present Bloomberg (opens in new tab) newsletter), in which, among other things, he claims that the new iPad Pros are imminent (excitingly), 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 animated versions of the M2, as was the case with the M1 that came with these variants later on – are “on track for release soon” .
Gurman theorizes that 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 comes out. It certainly looks like he believes they’ll be here before the year is out anyway; with all the usual skepticism around rumors applied. (Although it’s worth remembering that this isn’t the only time we’ve recently heard speculation about these MacBook Pros appearing before 2022).
Gurman notes that the first version of macOS Ventura adds support for these 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 have the M2 chip inside.
Analysis: Minimal changes, minimal confusion…
The main change for these MacBook Pro laptops will be the addition of these beefier processors, and Gurman notes that beyond that, any differences with these devices will be minimal. So don’t expect much beyond the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro engine upgrade.
This will be a low-key release, the leaker believes, simply because there aren’t any big moves to be seen with the hardware that would make it worthy of some big flashy event (or even a moderately flashy little event).
It’s also worth noting that Gurman says he doesn’t expect MacBooks to arrive alongside the iPad Pro anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t make a surprise move and take them out. So, you never know, laptops might show up earlier than anticipated (or in that case, iPad Pro models might arrive later).
As for the Mac mini, an M2 version fits Gurman’s earlier 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 release), but abandoned that idea in favor of using the M2 chip instead.
Previously, the idea was apparently that there would be a Mac mini with a vanilla M2 and also a model with the M2 Pro, which makes sense in terms of docking them alongside the Mac Studio (the latter at the top). But we’ll see, and Gurman doesn’t mention which chips can be used this time.
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