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Apple is developing new versions of the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, but a refresh is still a ways off, so we don't have a lot of information on what to expect.

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We do know the machines will get M2 Pro and M2 Max chips that will bring notable performance improvements. This guide highlights everything that we know about the upcoming 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, and it will be updated over time as we hear new information.

Design

We aren't expecting design changes for the updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple just updated the look with the 2021 launch of the M1 Pro and M1 Max machines, and the company typically uses the same design for several years.

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Apple is still using an aluminum unibody design, but the shape was tweaked to be flatter and less curved at the bottom. The machines include an all-black keyboard, a large Force Touch Trackpad, and two speaker grilles at the side of the keyboard.

The current MacBook Pro models feature mini-LED displays with ProMotion technology, slim 3.5mm bezels at the top and bottom of the display, and a notch that houses the 1080p webcam.

M2 Pro and M2 Max Chips

Though we're not counting on design changes, there will be internal updates with Apple rumored to be planning to use M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in the upgraded MacBook Pro models. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the M2 Max chip will offer up to a 12-core CPU, up from the 10-core CPU in the M1 Max, along with up to a 38-core GPU, up from the current 32-core maximum.

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The M2 Max will support up to 64GB Unified Memory. Gurman did not share details on the M2 Pro, but it is expected to be less powerful than the M2 Max.

Possible Features

Apple is working on OLED displays for future devices, including MacBook Pro models. Some rumors have suggested that Apple could introduce OLED displays as soon as 2022, but more recent information has indicated OLED technology won't be coming until 2024, so it seems like a long shot for the 2023 refresh.

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There have also been rumors suggesting Apple is working on Face ID for the Mac, and the higher-end MacBook Pro models would be prime candidates for the technology, but so far, there are no specific rumors indicating Face ID is coming to the Mac with the MacBook Pro refresh.

Launch Date

Apple introduced the M1 Pro and M1 Max 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in October 2021, and while Macs sometimes get yearly refreshes, that's not expected to be the case this year. Gurman has indicated that Apple is not planning to refresh the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models until 2023, so we may not see new models this year.

Apple did update the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip, the machine's first update since the M1 MacBook Pro launched in 2020.

Article Link: What's Next for Apple's 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models
 
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wood1208

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We know internal processor update for PRO Macbooks. I am interested in how gangbuster M2 Macbook Air is going ? I am sure shattering previous record.
 

Realityck

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💻 MacBook Pro in 14” & 16” in midnight color would be very nice.

Also, since the notch is here to stay can we please get Face ID on a 💻.
Not if it easily chips or visible scratches are really easy to see. I got silver over shadow gray because it usually hides wear. But reading the M2 thread, midnight owners did mention that.
 
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Not if it easily chips or visible scratches are really easy to see. I got got silver over shadow gray because it usually hides wear. But reading the M2 thread, midnight owners did mention that.
I agree. Then, Apple really needs to consider using higher grade aluminum unibody and apply a double coating of the colors. 😑

The midnight blue is on another level tho.
 

Chrjy

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I agree. Then, Apple really needs to consider using higher grade aluminum unibody and apply a double coating of the colors. 😑

The midnight blue is on another level tho.
I went for the starlight MacBook Air and love the colour. Some peeps were saying it doesn't look any different to the silver but that's BS, it 's completely different and looks awesome IMO and avoids the scratching around the ports issue. I took a risk as I hadn't seen it in the flesh but was well chuffed with my decision when it arrived.
 

CalMin

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It's going to be interesting to see how Apple manages the M-series upgrades. Most software doesn't come close to exploiting what's on offer in terms of CPU/GPU power and, for those that need more, the M1Ultra exists (and whatever they eventually do with the Mac Pro).

My M1Pro is already one of the best computers I have ever owned. Only technolust will spur an upgrade, otherwise I'm holding on this bad boy for the long-term.
 

caliguy

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The contrast ratio on the current models is awesome - hard to believe it isn't OLED already. Not sure how much benefit we'd get from OLED. Micro-LED might be the next worthwhile upgrade.
 

Mega ST

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It is hard to determine when is the right moment to hop on the silicon train with all those updates and more cores? Nobody wants to end up buying the last great thing.
Essentially I am in the market to replace my MBP15 2018 one day. However I am waiting for certain new software system requirements being published first before this gets serious for me. And let's see how much money is left after having paid for energy and heating next winter?
 

nutmac

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I would like:
  • Since M2 can have up to 24 GB RAM, M2 Pro with a choice of 24GB and 48GB RAM, and M2 Max with 96GB RAM
  • New Black finish (Graphite?) replaces Space Gray
  • Spec bumped to HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
  • CFexpress replaces SD
  • Ultra Wideband
 

jz0309

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We do know the machines will get M2 Pro and M2 Max chips
we know that? did I miss the release from Apple? I think we assume ...
M2 is 5nm+, rumors said that 3nm is moving into volume production in Q3'22, rumor says only iPhone 14 Pro models will get A15 ... could it be that the next Pro/Max/Ultra M will be 3nm? would that make them M3?

Only Apple knows ... we here speculate, all of us ...
 

xxray

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Gurman has been recently moving up his expected release date for these models to late this year. At the bare minimum, he’s been making it sound more likely whereas before he said flat out that new new MBPs weren’t coming this year.
 
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