Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max CPUs are “deep into development and testing,” and there is still a chance the laptops will be introduced later this year, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
According to Gurman in his “Power On” email today, Apple intends to sell the new MacBook Pro models “as early as this fall.” However, as is customary, Gurman noted that there is a potential for the release date to be delayed because of supply chain issues or other circumstances. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, mass production of the notebooks will start in the fourth quarter.
The M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which some publications claimed would be Apple’s first 3nm CPUs, seem more and more likely to stay 5nm. The processors would still perform better than the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips found in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models now on the market because Apple is anticipated to switch from TSMC’s traditional 5nm process “N5” to its more sophisticated 5nm process known as “N5P.”
The M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, like the basic M2 chip, would probably have more RAM and GPU cores than their M1 counterparts.
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro have not been subject to any significant design rumours, which is not surprising given that the notebooks debuted in October 2021 with an all-new look. As part of the makeover, MagSafe and HDMI ports were restored as part of the display, and a notch was added to the display to accommodate a better 1080p camera and slimmer bezels.
Along with a new Mac Pro tower equipped with M2 Ultra and “M2 Extreme” chips, rumours say a new Mac mini with an M2 Pro chip may also be unveiled this year.