Forget the new 13-inch Macbook Pro: M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are coming soon

If you haven’t been impressed with the base M2 chip that’s in the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro so far, there’s good news – it’s likely that the updated MacBook Pro will feature a choice of M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. be published between the third quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

This rumor comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, a well-respected Apple analyst who made the prediction in his Power On newsletter. According to Gurman, Apple has set a goal to launch the expanded line of M2 chips as early as Q3 2022, and Gurman’s sources also say that a refreshed version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch Macbook Pro should contain them. are already in development.

As reported by 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab), the design should remain largely the same as both of these laptops still sport a relatively fresh look, so most (if not all) of the update will be to what’s under the hood. There are no official details at this point, although Gurman has shared that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will focus on the graphics side of things, like Apple did with the previous M1 Pro and M1 Max.

This is great news for creative professionals like video editors who need high-end Apple silicon for tasks like 4K video encoding and decoding, or even those who work with demanding 3D applications. like Maya.

As with all speculative information, take it all with a grain of salt. Gurman even gives himself a spot in the newsletter, stating “given the ongoing supply chain challenges, it’s hard to predict exactly when these will hit store shelves.”

Apple has faced a host of issues within its supply chains due to factors such as global chip shortages and Covid-19 related lockdowns shutting down their assembly lines, leading to various delays in the shipping and production. Hopefully, the situation will have improved by the time pre-orders go live for these larger, more powerful MacBooks.

Analysis: Should we wait for a new MacBook Pro?

Apple’s MacBook Pro with M2 chip is essentially the same laptop as its predecessor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1, as seen in a teardown of the device, the only real difference being the upgraded SoC M1 (‘ system-on-a-chip’) to an M2, and giving the option to select more system RAM (24 GB if needed).

In fact, storage on the entry-level MacBook Pro M2 model is actually slower than the MacBook Pro M1, due to a different SSD configuration (although this is only true for this model of base). If you need some serious power, you better buy one of the M1 Max or M1 Ultra models of MacBook Pro, otherwise you’ll have to wait for the M2 models to see a real performance boost.

The very existence of these 13-inch Macbooks is a bit perplexing given the minimal boost they offer over the more affordable MacBook Air (as they both pack the same base model M2 SoC), but Apple has previously confirmed that the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro is the second most popular product in the Mac family. That’s probably because while it’s more expensive than the Air, it’s significantly more affordable than the 14-inch and 16-inch Macbook Pro models, making it the only “budget” option for those looking to buy an Apple laptop.

We suggest you wait for the new chips to appear, even if you currently have your heart set on the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro or one of the Pro models with the M1 Pro, Max, or Ultra chips, even if not sure to get fair market value for the performance of your device.

It’s also worth remembering that Gurman also predicted that a 15-inch Macbook and a 12-inch Macbook could hit the market in the coming months, which will hopefully close the performance gap between the 13-inch model. and its larger, more powerful siblings. Still, we’re rounding up the best deals on Macbooks currently available for those who are particularly impatient.

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