Eventually, Apple is expected to release the first version of the 2021 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros. Here's everything we're expecting to see from MacBook Pro laptops with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips at the moment.
[Update 11/11/2022: Data has accumulated in recent weeks that strongly suggests that there will be no new equipment this year. This means that M2 MacBook Pro updates will have to wait until 2023. The end of March is currently expected. We'll keep you posted.]
[Updated 10/18/2022: Apple releases new iPads and Apple TV 4K in a press release, confirming the no-event agreement. Mark Gurman also suggests that the MacBook Pro could be a November product.]
Could it be an email?
Have you ever had a meeting that you know was supposed to be just an email? That could happen with this year's MacBook Pro/iPad Pro event.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has hinted over the past two weeks that Apple is unlikely to host a second fall event this year. Instead, Apple could have simply briefed select members of the tech media about the new machines and issued a press release.
This is partly because the big update on these Macs are basically just more powerful versions in terms of performance. However, this does not mean that external updates are not available.
Macbook Pro October 2021 Theme
Colors 2022 MacBook Pro?
Expecting a space gray and silver MacBook Pro again is a win-win. However, something new has happened since the last round of MacBook Pros. In June, Apple made a darker aluminum finish called “midnight”. The MacBook Air is the only black and blue metal machine so far.
MacBook Air and USB-C to MagSafe 3 charger at midnight
If the MacBook Pro came out in a new color, it would look newer and be the first full laptop with a full black keyboard. While many are still waiting for an all-black MacBook Pro, it would be a great alternative to silver and space gray.
Macbook Pro customers last year were also disappointed that a MagSafe 3 USB-C cable was shipped only in white. /Silver. It matches the color of the silver MacBook Pro, but is not suitable for space gray customers. Apple has since released colored USB-C to MagSafe 3 cables for space grey, starlight and midnight colors. Of course, in this version, Apple will combine the space gray version with the space gray MacBook Pro.
[18.10. The M2 update for iPad Pro does not include Midnight. This does not bode well for the Midnight MacBook Pro.]
M2 Pro and M2 Max
Finally, a real the reason for the update is internal.
Apple introduced its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in October 2021 along with the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Last spring, the company continued Apple's series of silicon upgrades with the release of the even more powerful M1 Ultra.
Then in June, Apple started the M2 cycle with the MacBook Air. We can probably expect the same performance boost from the M1 to M2, just increased for the Pro and Max versions in the new MacBook Pros. Yes, this could mean increasing fan activity to prevent throttling. This is yet to be resolved.
If you don't want the best performance out of your MacBook Pro, this probably won't work. be the annual update required by M1 Max customers. If you bought the M1 Pro last year and are ready to go with the Max version instead, the M2 Max is your chance.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman stressed that graphics performance will be the focus of these new chips.
Here are some other features we hope to see in the new MacBook Pro:
- 16-inch MacBook Pro with fast charging via USB-C this was not possible with the M1 Pro/Max.
- More RAM? Apple has increased the RAM limit for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the M2.
- Webcam center stage? Probably not, especially after the hype at Studio Display.
- M2 Ultra version? Don't hold your breath. The Ultra is essentially two Max chips, and that performance is likely to drain battery life.
- Speaking of battery life and performance, the High Power Mode on the 16-inch MacBook Pro M1 Max increases graphics load. tasks. We may see this feature appear in other versions of the new MacBook Pro.
Whether or not the M2 Pro and M2 Ultra 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros arrive in the press release or Apple, we hope to hear about the fate of these new machines soon, so stay tuned.