Since many rumors suggested that Apple would release an updated version of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall, fresh reports today indicate that this is not the case. According to a new supply chain rumor and a new Bloomberg report, Apple does not plan to release any additional Mac updates this year.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman writes in the latest issue of his Power On newsletter that he now believes Apple will release its next round of Mac updates in the first calendar quarter of 2023. New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as a new Mac mini with an M2 chip, are rumored to be on the way.
“I’m told that Apple is aiming to introduce the upgraded models—including M2-based versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros—in the first quarter of calendar 2023,” Gurman says in his latest newsletter.
I’m told that Apple is aiming to introduce the upgraded models—including M2-based versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros—in the first quarter of calendar 2023 and has tied the launches to the upcoming macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3. Those software updates are expected to debut between early February and the beginning of March.
Apple has rarely launched new products in January or February in recent years, so I’d expect the new Macs to be announced by the first half of March. That aligns with the planned ship dates for the corresponding software, but also makes sense in light of Apple’s recent history of launching new Macs during that month, including the Mac Studio this year.
Meanwhile, a supply chain report from a previously trusted source yeux1122 claims that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro updates have been pushed back to 2023.
Apple’s new M2 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have been postponed without being released.
One example is that related parts and supply chain schedules are starting to move based on early next year. Therefore, rather than being released at the end of November, it is expected that it will be released in the market around March of next year.
The new MacBook Pro updates will be very similar to the current models, but with more powerful M2 Pro and M2 Max chips inside. Apple is also testing the first-ever Apple Silicon Mac Pro, which is expected to be released next year.
We expect the new M2 Mac mini, code-named J473 (via 9to5Mac), and another Mac mini with an M2 Pro chip, code-named J474, with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. These Mac mini models would be the first to be updated since the M1 Mac mini in November 2020.