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Apple will next month debut its latest M2 Apple silicon processor in a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro model that will have no major design changes, according to a previously reliable source with close links to Apple's supply chain.

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Based on the new information seen by MacRumors, the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro retains the same design as the current version, including the Touch Bar, but unlike the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, it will not have a notch or a ProMotion display, contrary to some rumors.

If so, that means the headline difference in the new entry-level MacBook Pro model will be the new M2 chip, which features the same number of CPU cores as the ‌M1 processor‌, up to 10 graphics cores, and improved performance.

The above details were relayed by the original source of last year's last-minute MacBook Pro notch rumor that MacRumors was first to report on. In October 2021, we reported that the same leaker said the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would have a redesigned display with a central notch for the webcam, but no Face ID.

That left-field claim, appearing seemingly out of nowhere and so close to Apple's fall "Unleashed" event, turned out to be completely accurate, and the new redesigned MacBook Pro models were unveiled the next week with the controversial camera housing centered at the top of the screen.

The latest 13-inch MacBook Pro rumor also lines up with a DigiTimes report that appeared last week claiming Apple will launch its first MacBook Pro with second-generation M2 chip at its spring event.

DigiTimes' supply chain sources also claimed that except for the processor, most other components used in the new MacBook Pro will feature almost the same specs as those for the existing model featuring M1 chips, seemingly corroborating the latest rumor.

Well-connected Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman recently said Apple's intention is to release an updated entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with ‌M2‌ chip in 2022, but this was generally assumed to mean that the machine would appear later in the year, after Apple finishes releasing its final Macs with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

Notably, in contrast to the latest rumor, Gurman said he believes Apple will remove the Touch Bar on the new 13-inch machine, although he too expects the notebook will lack a ProMotion display.

Either way, we should know for sure in just a few weeks' time. Apple is working on several new Mac computers to be released this year, and Gurman has suggested the rumored spring event on Tuesday, March 8 will include the launch of "at least one" new Mac. Apple is also expected to introduce new iPhone SE and iPad Air models, which are both believed to feature an A15 chip and 5G support.

Article Link: Apple to Unveil 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro With Unchanged Design Next Month, Claims Original MacBook Pro 'Notch' Leaker
 
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Reason077

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Strange that they can't just take out the Touch Bar. After all they used to make a 13" Pro without it. Having real function keys would make it more appealing for a lot of Pro buyers.

Also seems strange to still be making just one model with a Touch Bar, when everything else has moved on?
 
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base08

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Okay, we get a new low-end MacBook Pro 13 with m2, a Mac mini Pro with a m1 pro and a Mac mini m2... I guess this is the way!
 
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azentropy

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Weird choice. I still think the better move is to get rid of the 13” MBP, the “Air" refresh would just be called MacBook, add a 15” version of it soonish, and keep the current MBA form factor as an entry level.

Something like this…

~ $999 13” MBA (M1 maybe even $899, then back to $999 with M2)
~ $1299 13” MacBook in new form factor using M2
~ $1499 15” MacBook in new form factor using M2
~ $1999 14” MBP
~ $2299 16” MBP
 

threesixty360

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Its just a chip refresh like everyone does. People read too much into it. I dont think a chip makes a machine "pro". I feel like the apple pro machines are for a different market. I dont think normal consumers care about function keys or want a thicker machine. In a lot of ways the older 13 inch with the touch bar is definitely visually more appealing to your average buyer than any of the pro machines.
 

Kylo83

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To be fair I wish my 16 M1 max MacBook Pro would still have a Touch Bar and square of design; but I think this event is only for the entry level products, after months of using my M1 max machine I love it but the design looks dated and old fashion the square style is more modern
 

TFK.

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To be fair I wish my 16 M1 max MacBook Pro would still have a Touch Bar and square of design; but I think this event is only for the entry level products, after months of using my M1 max machine I love it but the design looks dated and old fashion the square style is more modern
Old fashioned? You know this MacBook Pro was and is for Pro users who would prefer things that an average trend seeking hip rocking user will find them old fashioned
 

Wokis

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Notch-less <3 Might buy one.

Or might want to wait for the new Air and just live with the notch but have a ligher laptop..

Aah but what if I wait for the air and it turns out they've made it so thin that it cripples battery life or performance? (I mean.. to a larger degree than they did last time, where they ended up making the Air the more attractive option) Waited for nothing in that case.. Hard decisions here.
 

l0stl0rd

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considering the parts numbers it would make sense, perhaps the M2 Macbook, M2 mini and M2 with with the rumored 12 core from a while back.
 

contacos

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I don't get the logic from a customer point of view. I would expect the MacBook Pro line to come with at least a "Pro" chip and the "non-Pro" line with a regular M chip. Why would you release an "entry" MBP with a new M2 chip only to release a MacBook Air with an M2 later this year. Wouldn't that make it the "entry" model for those who do not need the "Pro" features? seems like a redundant device. In fact, I would throw out that stupid "Air" naming and just call the redesigned one a "MacBook"

MacBook (redesigned "Air") with M2
MacBook Pro 14inch / 16inch with M. Pro / Max
 

Kylo83

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Old fashioned? You know this MacBook Pro was and is for Pro users who would prefer things that an average trend seeking hip rocking user will find them old fashioned
Doesn’t matter I can still want latest tech with pro quality but a nice design the curved style is like 10 years old style it feels dated the machine is a beast but I still hate the design and the notch which I have to hide with a wallpaper
 

mailman199

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If this is the “everybody” MacBook at $999, then they can charge for the design on the Air and also keep a higher end screen on the Air. Maybe a 14/16 Air that crosses into Pro prices with RAM/storage upgrades. This could be the iPhone SE equivalent for their laptops. A newly designed but spec neutered $999 Air would stink. They need to start it at $1299/$1399, but that would leave a gap for their affordable laptop.
 
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