Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips were supposed to arrive in “early 2023,” but the laptops are now expected to be “delayed once again,” according to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.
The report does not provide an updated launch date for the new MacBook Pros. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said in his newsletter last weekend that Apple planned to release the laptops in the first half of this year, with the same designs and features as the current models, but with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. According to Gurman, those chips will only offer marginal performance improvements over the current M1 Pro and M1 Max.
Gurman said in late October that Apple planned to release the new MacBook Pros in the first quarter of 2023, and that the launches would coincide with the release of macOS 13.3, but it’s unclear if those plans have changed since then. According to Gurman’s most recent timeframe of the first half of 2023, the new MacBook Pros should be available by Apple’s annual developer conference WWDC in June at the very least, but hopefully sooner.
Apple’s chipmaking partner TSMC began mass production of 3nm chips in late December, but reports differ on whether the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will be 3nm or 5nm like the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
The rest of the report focuses on how, according to unnamed supply chain sources, MacBook shipments will likely decline 40% to 50% sequentially in the first quarter of 2023. According to the report, the primary reason for the significant drop is Apple “adjusting its shipment ratios” by adding Wingtech as a MacBook assembler.
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