New Macs are coming this year and while we were all looking at more abrupt renewals such as a redesigned MacBook Air, the iMac Pro or an improved Mac mini, analyst Mark Gurman arrived with a forecast that is now known a little more: the 13-inch MacBook Pro. We recall that the previous model was launched with an M1 chip at the end of 2020 and that completely redesigned 14- and 16-inch models were launched at the end of 2021 with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, also keeping the small model in the catalog.
Based on the improvements of the new ‘Pro’ models, it would not have been unreasonable for Apple to finally withdraw this small model. However, as Gurman first reported, this team will have a renewal this year with chip M2. Digitimes, a well-known Asian medium with sources close to the Apple supply chain, also point out that could be released next month. Therefore, his arrival would be imminent.
No relevant change beyond the chip
Currently, if we compare the MacBook Pro M1 with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, we observe more than appreciable differences in terms of design and performance. However, between the M1 and the M2 there will not be too many changes, having a M2 processor which, despite being more powerful than the M1, is assumed to be inferior to the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
we would meet a identical design, but without Touch Bar. And it is that this element already generated some controversy with its introduction and although there are those who will miss it, it already seems an element doomed to disappear. However, it would not bring a miniLED screen, nor a 120 Hz refresh rate and probably not new ports, thus leaving the MacBook Pro 2021 as the true ‘Pro’.
Does this renewal make sense?
In light of what was previously mentioned, it seems strange that Apple is going to keep a MacBook Pro line so far from the new ones. If we also take into account that the MacBook Air itself will be redesigned and will bring the same M2 chip, doubts hang over this team even more.
However, at least in our opinion, we believe that this renewal makes sense if the price is maintained of the current model. There are those who need a little more performance than what the ‘Air’ offers and yet the jump to the ‘Pro’ of 14 and 16 seems excessive. The difference of 800 euros in these ranges it is more than considerable to think twice.
Be that as it may, we will have to continue waiting for official news from Apple. If the Digitimes reports are on the right track, it would be just a few weeks to prove it. Although we should not rule out its launch by the end of the year, since that is when the MacBook Air, Mac mini and 24-inch iMac with that same M2 chip are expected.