Apple has set a very aggressive internal goal for the launch of their M2 Pro-powered MacBook Pro. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple’s upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro product lines with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are “well into development and testing,” and there remains a possibility that the laptops may be unveiled later this year.
Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max-powered MacBook Pros could debut as early as the fall of 2022. The new chips would focus on delivering improved GPU performance over the existing range of MacBook Pros.
Apple MacBook Pro Powered By M2 Pro, M2 Max Chips
The company was expected to launch it a little early, but due to supply chain issues, the production of the new MacBook Pros will reportedly get delayed. Popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently suggested that the production could begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.
It is being said the new Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max chips could be based on a 3nm process and some of the reports claim that the new ones will still remain 5nm. In any case, the next generation chipsets will likely offer better performance and efficiency over the older M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are powering the existing 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as Apple might move from TSMC’s standard 5nm process (N5) to a more advanced N5P process.
Apple overhauled the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in the fall of 2021 with a new design, provided some additional ports like HDMI and MagSafe 3, and was powered by M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. These Macs arrived a year after the M1 chip debuted in 2020. With the M2 chip, the company reportedly has a more aggressive launch timeline.
The Cupertino-based tech giant normally refreshes its MacBook Pro lineup every 1.5 to 2 years at the earliest, therefore a release around the spring of 2023 seems more probable. But a more aggressive upgrade timeline could change that. Apple recently launched the M2-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air after announcing them at WWDC22. The new chip brings an 18% and 35% uplift in CPU and GPU performance, respectively.
According to rumors, this year could see the release of a new Mac mini with an M2 Pro processor and a redesigned Mac Pro tower with M2 Ultra or “M2 Extreme” processors. MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max is expected to launch in October 2022 or by early November 2022, and the devices are expected to go on sale by the end of 2022.