MacBook Air 2021
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A MacBook Pro 2022 is reportedly in the works, with Apple hoping to upgrade the laptop with an Apple M2 chip.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that Apple planned to launch the next MacBook Pro around the same time as the MacBook Air 2022, which could potentially be during today’s WWDC 2022 showcase.

However, Gurman now claims that the MacBook Pro has potentially been delayed due to Covid-related factory closures. As a result, it’s possible that the next MacBook Pro laptop won’t arrive until 2023.

But what should we expect from the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro? Gurman claims Apple won’t alter the 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop’s design, but will finally ditch the Touch Bar. This means it could miss out on features such as ProMotion and Mini LED technology, with Apple focusing solely on refreshing the internal specs.

Little is known about the next iterations for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, but it’s likely that Apple will only update the processor since it only recently gave both laptops a design refresh.

For everything you need to know about the MacBook Pro 2022, keep reading on.

Release date

Bloomberg previously reported that a new 13-inch MacBook laptop could launch in 2022, although this seems unlikely now. It’s still possible that it could be unveiled during today’s WWDC 2022 showcase or during the expected Mac event in October 2022. However, we think it’s more likely to launch in 2023 due to supply chain issues.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the required components for the M2 chip won’t be available until next year. Since the M2 chip was expected to be the biggest feature of the next 13-inch MacBook Pro, this makes a 2022 launch unlikely.

As for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops, these have always been touted for a 2023 release. But again, the launch date of these laptops seems very dependent on the production schedule of the next-gen Apple Silicon chips.

Price

There have been no details on the prices just yet, but with the next batch of MacBook Pro laptops potentially only seeing a processor refresh, we expect them to retain the same prices points.

The cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro is currently available for $1299/£1299, while increasing the storage to 512GB knocks the cost up to $1499/£1499.

Meanwhile, the current cheapest 14-inch MacBook Pro is priced at $1999/£1899 and the most affordable 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $2499/£2399.

Specs

The MacBook Pro 2022 will reportedly become the first Mac to feature the next-gen M2 processor. This will be the successor to the Apple M1 chip, featuring more efficient architecture to boost the performance without increasing the number of CPU cores.

That said, MacRumors suggests Apple could add an extra two GPU cores to the chip, taking the maximum total up to 10. This would likely improve the laptop’s performance for intense workloads such as video editing.

Apple M2 Apple M1
Architecture 4nm 5nm
CPU cores 8 8
GPU cores Up to 10 Up to 8

Aside from the new chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro isn’t expected to have any new features, and looks set to keep the existing design, albeit without the Touch Bar. We’re also expecting the storage options to remain the same, with 256GB as the base option.

There have been conflicting reports whether the 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature ProMotion, which allows the display to have a refresh rate beyond the standard 60Hz. As seen with the larger Pro laptops, ProMotion allows for a smoother picture when displaying fast motion.

Little is known about about the next-gen 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops at this point. We expect they’ll come equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, although we don’t know when Apple plans to launch these processors.

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