According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, second-generation updates to the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro designs might appear as soon as this fall. He asserts that upgraded laptops will come with more potent Apple M2 CPUs.
The journalist, who has previously provided accurate information on upcoming Apple products, stated in his weekly Power On newsletter that the overall design of the MacBook Pro is “likely to stay roughly the same,” with no significant visual changes or additional features beyond those offered by the M2 generation of system-on-a-chip.
Gurman asserts that, predictably, consumers will have a choice between an M2 Pro and an M2 Max chip when purchasing one of the two new MacBook Pro models. When the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are refreshed in 2022, these processors will be substantially quicker and more geared toward heavy-duty workloads than the M2 that delivered during the past few months.
Gurman comments, “Look for much of the effort to be on the visuals side.” That makes sense because the M2 offers significantly greater graphics performance—up to 40% faster—than its predecessor while only offering a minor increase in CPU performance over it (10 to 20%, depending on the task).
The MacBook Pro may adopt an iPhone-like annual update schedule if it launches in the fall. But it also comes across as a little more combative than we had anticipated. Therefore, if Apple were to maintain the same pace with its second generation of chips, we anticipate the MacBook Pro refreshes in spring 2023 rather than fall 2022. The M1 Pro and M1 Max launched a full year after the first M1 machines.
Gurman agrees that’s also a possibility. It’s difficult to forecast with precision when items will touch shop shelves, he says, “given the ongoing supply chain problems.” In spite of Apple’s M1 deployment pacing, it is still possible that the laptops will appear this fall. That’s in part because Apple may produce second-generation chips more quickly than first-generation ones.