While there were many rumors floating around that Apple might release the updated version of the MacBook Pro this fall, new reports suggest that the release will most likely take place in the first quarter of 2023.
Apple Pushes New Mac Release: Reports
According to his latest Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman said that Apple has decided to wait until next year to announce the release of their new Macs, which include the 14-inch and 16-inch M2 MacBook Pro and the new M2 Mac Mini.
“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 said in his latest newsletter.
This comes right after Tim Cook’s announcement at the company’s latest earnings call where he said that Apple’s product lineup for 2022 is set, possibly suggesting that there won’t be any new releases until early next year.
On the same call, Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO, stated “we have a very challenging compare against last year, which had the benefit of the launch and associated channel fill of our newly redesigned MacBook Pro with M1”
“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 during 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.”Mark Gurman, Power On Newsletter
The new and updated MacBook Pro is expected to receive the same design as its predecessor, but will be packed with Apple’s new M2 Pro and M2 Max performance chips.
Alongside the MacBook Pro, Apple is also experimenting on their first-ever Silicon Mac Pro which is due to release sometime next year.