The M2 chip and a new range of updated laptops, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, were introduced a few days ago by Apple. Nonetheless, even though WWDC 2022 has come to an end, the rumor mill continues to spin. A few of the items in Apple's pipeline will sound very familiar now that we have more reports about what's next.
Based on Mark Gurman's sources, Bloomberg's latest report suggests that updated MacBook Pros based on the M2 architecture could arrive by the end of this year or early in 2023. These new cards will come with M2 Max chips that have 12 CPU cores and up to 38 GPU cores, much more than the 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores of their predecessors.
It gets interesting with the note that says we should expect to see the first 15-inch MacBook Air as early as next spring. In addition to that, the company is in the process of developing a 12-inch laptop that may ship later this year or early in 2024
Meanwhile, Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young tweets (via 9to5Mac) that it appears there will be a 14.1-inch iPad Pro with Mini LED backlighting and ProMotion display early next year, based on his sources. A larger version of the iPad Pro that uses iOS 16's new multitasking features is also in development for release later this year, according to Gurman.
With the M1-series chips in last year's MacBook Pros, Apple returned to form. Apple followed up on the launch of the M1-equipped MacBook Air in a pleasing way with the new MacBook Pros, which are expensive and have some annoying quirks. It appears that the company is ready to expand a product lineup that shrank when its path to the future of laptops took a detour.
When Apple's supply chain issues are resolved, a smaller, cheaper entry-level laptop makes more sense than ever for people with large laptops who rarely move around. Additionally, iPadOS 16's enhanced multitasking just announced calls for a larger screen. The 12-inch MacBook was axed by Apple in 2019, the same year it dropped the 15-inch MacBook Pro in favor of a 16-inch model. Since it dropped the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 lines in 2006, the company hasn't had a product in the big-but-cheaper market.
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