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With no sign of redesigned MacBook Pro models at this year's WWDC, when can customers expect the much-anticipated new models to launch?

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A number of reports, including investor notes from Morgan Stanley and Wedbush analysts, claimed that new MacBook Pro models would be coming during this year's WWDC. This did not happen, much to the disappointment of MacBook Pro fans, who have been anticipating redesigned machines with Apple silicon chips.

The "M2" chip purportedly destined for the next-generation MacBook Pro models has already entered mass production, according to supply chain sources, but there have been several reports that Apple has experienced unexpected delays with the production of the new models.

The supply of mini-LED display components were apparently constrained by shortages and production problems. Apple supplier TSMT, a key vendor believed to be involved in the production of mini-LED displays for the MacBook Pro, has now reportedly resolved technical difficulties around the component, but this seems to have left the MacBook Pros behind schedule.

DigiTimes recently reported that Apple suppliers will begin component shipments, such as keyboard backlights, for new MacBook Pro models in the third quarter of this year, which starts in July and runs through September, indicating that mass production may begin around this time. Nikkei Asia claimed that Apple plans to begin mass-producing two new MacBook laptops in the second half of the year, rescheduled from the previous timeframe of May to June.

Reliable Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman said that new MacBook Pro models could launch as soon as this summer, but analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Nikkei Asia, and Taiwanese research firm TrendForce have given a broader prediction that new MacBook Pro models will arrive in the second half of 2021, which currently seems to be the best prediction.

DigiTimes has also cautioned that volume production of the 14-inch MacBook Pro may be postponed until the fourth quarter of 2021 and the new 16-inch model may be postponed until the first quarter of 2022, especially if hindrances to ramped up Taiwanese production fail to improve. Other industry reports have suggested that the MacBook Pros may be delayed until 2022 entirely. Even so, most reports still seem to be centered on a 2021 launch date.

In previous years, Apple has usually held two events toward the end of the year, starting in September. While the first of these events usually sees the unveiling of new iPhone and Apple Watch models, a following event often sees the introduction of new Mac models. Apple events in October have seen the launch of new iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Air models, as well as various MacBook Pro updates. Last November, Apple introduced the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with the M1 chip.

The range of reports on the launch of the new MacBook Pro models, including supply chain information about the production schedule, also seems to broadly point to a launch date in this region, around October.

It is also important to bear in mind that Apple may unveil the MacBook Pros with a substantial delay before they ship to customers, much like how the newest iPad Pro models did not ship for a month after they were announced. A delay could allow Apple to reveal the new machines sooner, such as alongside the iPhone 13 lineup, but then accommodate delays to mass production by shipping slightly later on in the year or toward 2022.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are rumored to feature new designs, brighter panels with higher contrast, function keys with no Touch Bar, more ports, and a MagSafe connector for charging. For more on what to expect, make sure to check out our dedicated MacBook Pro rumor guide, which contains all the details we know about Apple's new machines so far.

Article Link: When Can We Expect the Redesigned MacBook Pros Now?
 

sirozha

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The only thing that needs redesigning is an ability to connect at least two external monitors to an Apple Silicon laptop. It's not a Pro laptop if it can't drive two external monitors, as a lot of professionals (in different occupations) need a multi-monitor setup (at least two external monitors). I had to resort to a DisplayLink dock to drive a second external monitor. I was fortunate to find a great DisplayLink dock, but the research and trial-and-error process took a long time. Still, DisplayLink is a bandage on a very serious shortcoming of the M1 graphics capabilities (or lack thereof). I'm still hoping that Apple can enable a two-external-monitor support on M1 laptops with a software update.

Other than that, the M1 laptops are much superior to the Intel laptops in the same category. The M1 MacBook Air blows out of the water anything Intel based I've used by Apple. It's just an absolutely mind-blowing performance with no spinning fans. So, there may not be a pressing reason for Apple to release updated MacBook Pros this year, especially because Apple execs don't seem to think that external monitors are important - otherwise they wouldn't have discontinued their own affordable external monitor. They may be focusing on a 27" or 30" iMac with the M1 architecture.
 

MrMacintoshIII

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At this point I’m fearing worst case scenario. October announcement of preorder date. Preorder date in November. Ships at earliest December 25th….

an even worse case actually would be 1st quarter 2022, so end March 2022.

But that’s the absolute latest I can see them launching now without this just being utterly ridiculous and disappointing for all those who have been waiting since ****ing 2015/6 for a true evolution of the MacBook Pro.
 

haydn!

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They’re unlikely to release new Macs now between the Monterey preview and release. My guess is a Mac centric event about a month after the iPhone event - which is typically when MacOS updates go live also - so October time.
 

m.x

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A number of reports, including investor notes from Morgan Stanley and Wedbush analysts, claimed that new MacBook Pro models would be coming during this year's WWDC. This did not happen, much to the disappointment of MacBook Pro fans, who have been anticipating redesigned machines with Apple silicon chips.
Why is Jon Prosser not mentioned? He was one of the most vocal ”leaker” talking about it. I think it’s only fair that he’s not only getting “good” coverage, it should also be mentioned when he is wrong - I’m sure his hype made many fans even more disappointed with the MBP…

 

Scottiep94

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This is incredibly frustrating as my team has 7 MBPs (2016 model) that we are scheduled to replace this year. And a few of these are beginning to have significant issues.

If my company expects me to use these for 4 years, I'd like to buy the latest technology and "future proof" as best as I can by purchasing MBPs with Apple Silicon.

But, I fear I will have to purchase old Intel models soon, if the forecast doesn't become clearer.
 

cmaverick

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Soooooo.... this is a whole three screen full article that basically says "someday... we don't know"

• What's the 5 day weather forecast? "there will be some weather!"
• Who's going to win the Super Bowl? "One of these 32 teams... probably"
• Are you pregnant? "Either yes or no"
• When is the world ending? "Someday"
 

Amazing Iceman

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The only thing that needs redesigning is an ability to connect at least two external monitors to an Apple Silicon laptop. It's not a Pro laptop if it can't drive two external monitors, as a lot of professionals (in different occupations) need a multi-monitor setup (at least two external monitors). I had to resort to a DisplayLink dock, and I was fortunate to find a great dock, but it took a long time). Still, DisplayLink is a bandaid on a very serious shortcoming of the M1 graphics capabilities (or lack thereof). I'm still hoping that Apple can enable a two-external-monitor support with M1 laptops with a software update.

Other than that, the M1 laptops are much superior to the Intel laptops in the same category. The M1 MacBook Air blows out of the water anything Intel based I've used by Apple. It's just an absolutely mind-blowing performance with no spinning fans.
Not being able to drive 2 external monitors from a Thunderbolt 3 port is beyond my understanding.
Probably the GPU is not powerful enough to do it.
Also, the deal killer for me has been the low RAM configuration availability. It doesn't go beyond 16 GB on the current M1 iMac and MBP.
 

LizKat

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My wallet is ready. It’s time to replace my personal 2013 MBP and 2015 work MBP with a single 14” MX.


Heh, most likely. I'd still be relying on that fabulous workhorse the mid-2012 MBP, had it not been kicked into obsolete status... but in the meantime I sprang for a 2020 MBA so I'm willing to be a sidelines observer of how the newest MBPs fare when they do finally launch. I still miss the USB-A port on Apple's newer offerings too, even though I have long since resigned myself to use of dongles. LOL at least I finally stopped whining about the demise of the internal optical drive...
 

metalsiren

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This is incredibly frustrating as my team has 7 MBPs (2016 model) that we are scheduled to replace this year. And a few of these are beginning to have significant issues.

If my company expects me to use these for 4 years, I'd like to buy the latest technology and "future proof" as best as I can by purchasing MBPs with Apple Silicon.

But, I fear I will have to purchase old Intel models soon, if the forecast doesn't become clearer.
yea I am in the same boat. my refresh is coming up on my 2017 15in and the latest is the 2019 16in, which I dont want to use but I might not have a choice.
 

James Godfrey

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I think it was originally planned for WWDC, but that has fallen through and is now being announced in October alongside the iMac Pro and higher end Mac Mini which will all feature the same chip set… with the Mac Pro being announced at WWDC2022 shipping late 2022.

Everyone keeps saying they will get it out before the Back To School Promotion, these machines are going to be hard to come by as it is without a promotion immediately as they launch, these machines along with the latest M1 iMac will most likely be excluded anyway.

On top of this as it was likely planned for a WWDC announcement originally, if it was going to ship July or August they would have still announced it at WWDC, the fact it was dropped suggests that the wait is longer than s month or two, we can disregard September so that leaves October or November at the earliest.

To top all that Apple have historically only had online hardware events with at least 3 hardware products… so if an event is coming in July what else are they going to announce alongside it??? There is literally no other products rumoured in the pipeline that are imminent.
 
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