According to Gurman’s weekly Power On(opens in new tab) newsletter, the reported Apple M2 chip will be used in a 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020, which was previously scheduled to be unveiled at today’s WWDC 2022 presentation alongside the hotly anticipated MacBook Air 2022. A halt in production of this entry-level MacBook Pro appears to have been caused by Chinese lockdowns, where much of Apple’s product manufacturing is done.
Because of the Chinese lockdowns, Gurman speculated that a quicker 13-inch MacBook Pro was supposed to appear at roughly the same time as the new Air. Expect it to appear like the current 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 without the Touch Bar when it launches.”
Gurman did not provide a timeline for the release of a new MacBook Pro model, but we expect it to appear at the end of the summer or at the beginning of the fall.
It’s also possible that Apple will announce this MacBook Pro in a press release and as an updated choice in the Apple Store if it doesn’t have many new design improvements, such as the complete revamp the MacBook Air 2022 is expected to receive.
A MacBook Pro 2022 entry-level model might be unveiled at WWDC, but no sale date would be announced until after the event. However, they are only our wildest dreams at this point.
The design of the MacBook Pro 2022 is not going to be groundbreaking. Nonetheless, it is expected to feature the M2 chip, which is expected to prioritise efficiency over raw performance over its larger stablemates, the 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021 and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021. No mini-LED displays, Gurman claims, unlike those on the 14-inch and 16-inch Pros, will be included.
It’s likely that the MacBook Pro 2022 will fall in between the current MacBook Pros and the next MacBook Air, which is expected to be announced today – be sure to check back with our WWDC 2022 live blog for all the latest information. In terms of performance, it’ll likely be better than the Air, but not as good as its more powerful counterparts.
In this regard, it is a MacBook Pro for those who require a bit more power and processing headroom, such as for video rendering while on the go, but who don’t actually need the M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs’ power and performance. Even if it doesn’t, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.