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While we saw the introduction of several new iPad and Apple TV models today, we've yet to get any of the Mac announcements we're expecting to see before the end of the year. Coincidentally, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models were announced exactly one year ago today, featuring an entirely new design, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, brand new displays, MagSafe 3, and more.

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The redesigned MacBook Pro models represented the first major redesign of the high-end Mac laptop in years and a major step forward in Apple's ongoing transition to its own silicon for the Mac lineup. One year since its introduction, some customers might be wondering what's next for the MacBook Pro, so keep reading to learn more.

What to Expect

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The MacBook Pro received a major redesign last year, in addition to a new 14-inch size that supplements the lower-end 13-inch model which remained in the lineup without a redesign. Given the new design for the larger models, Apple is likely to stick with the current form factor for several years, so any updates until then will generally be minor spec bumps with performance improvements.

The upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to be powered by the as-yet-announced M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which build on the M2 chip announced in June. The ‌M2‌ Max chip is expected to feature a 12-core CPU and a 38-core GPU, along with up to 64GB memory, while the ‌M2‌ Pro will be slightly less powerful. The design, display, and other features are expected to be essentially identical to the current models, meaning the only major change is expected to be the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.

The M2 chip, which is soon to become a family of M2 chips, is the second-generation Apple silicon that furthers performance and power efficiency. So far on the Mac side, the M2 chip powers only the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the redesigned 13-inch MacBook Air. In addition to the M2 Pro and M2 Max we're expecting to see in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is also reportedly working on an "M2 Extreme" chip for its upcoming Apple silicon Mac Pro.

When to Expect New Models

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If you're on the lookout for a new 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro, you might want to wait a few more weeks. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is expected to announce the new MacBook Pros, possibly alongside a new M2 Mac mini, as soon as November. Writing in his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman noted that Apple frequently schedules its new Mac releases for November to space out its launches, and that new Macs were not expected alongside today's iPad and Apple TV announcements.
While the new MacBook Pros are on track to launch in the near future, I wouldn't expect them to be released alongside the iPad Pro. The company has historically launched new Macs in November, as was the case in 2019 with the initial 16-inch MacBook Pro and in 2020 with the first Apple Silicon-based MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini.

Speaking of new products, Apple is working on an M2 version of the Mac mini, which will be the first update to the company's smallest Mac in two years.
While it was initially expected Apple might hold a media event in October to show off the new iPad and Mac hardware, it's now clear that there will be no such event given that many of the introductions have already been made via press release.

Article Link: 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Turn One Year Old: When to Expect an Update
 

JPack

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When to expect it? The answer is now.

Look at the delivery date for a custom 14-inch MBP. You don't get these sudden delays in delivery times unless the factory in Shanghai is building up inventory of new models.

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Mr. Dee

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This product line is already maxed out. Sure, you could give the scenario that artist and heavy creators need this. But I see documentaries being edited on Intel iMacs, Burt Monroy creating beautiful illustrators on an iMac G3. These so called creative tools from Apple just come across bling, bling status symbols.
 

thechris.prince

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I'd like to see 24GB become an option on the M2 Pro.

Okay, if we're being honest I'd like to see it be standard but I'm keeping my ask modest. That, or stop charging $400 to go from 16GB to 32GB.
So this!!! I’m a professional photographer and do zero video work. My MacPro had 40gb ram and my m1 mini is at 16. I don’t feel like I’d benefit from 32, but feel a little constrained by 16. I’d love a 16” m2pro mbp 1tb and 24gb for under $2k. That sounds like such the sweet spot.
 

xxray

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What to expect:

  • Price hike
  • M2 Pro/Max chip
  • Cursor hover experience - a truly magical new way to experience your MacBook Pro
  • No charger included
  • Headphone jack removed
  • 3 dongles needed for each port
  • Webcam moved to the side
 
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AppleTO

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I would think the mini (especially the Intel config) and iMac would get an update first. They came out well before the new MacBook Pro even existed.
 

Lakersfan74

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Do these already come with braided cables?

Can’t think of anything else to include

Edit they do come with it
 
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Realityck

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I hope to Apple’s God there is going to be an Apple event in November. No press release, please. So many people are heartbroken today. 💔
If it does it should be against products that haven't seen an update well over a year. The Mac mini, possibly a M2 24" iMac, the missing larger iMac, the M2 13" MBP has some things not right such as the FaceTime camera, speakers. The MIA Mac Pro. Things like the 14" 16" MBPs are still getting lots of fans and it's barely a year later so that was wishful thinking in the first place. Mark Gruman lost some of his accuracy this go around.

The M2 IPad pro, updated base A14 iPad (10th gen) got the USB-C, and the A15 Apple TV 4K 3rd gen was a decent update. At least those items are nice for us all.
 
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Freida

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What are you talking about? Custom config always has extra 1-2 weeks added minimum so what you posted is totally inline what it should be. No indication of a refresh whatsoever

When to expect it? The answer is now.

Look at the delivery date for a custom 14-inch MBP. You don't get these sudden delays in delivery times unless the factory in Shanghai is building up inventory of new models.

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