The M2 Pro chip might be coming in a new 15-inch MacBook


A new rumor suggests that Apple might be releasing a new 15-inch MacBook with an option for an M2 or M2 Pro processor. Apple’s recently launched 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be the first to use the second-gen M2 chip, but if you believe these latest rumors, the expanded M2 Pro may be coming soon.

The info comes from a Tweet from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who suggests that a new 15-inch MacBook laptop will arrive as early as the second quarter of 2023. This is much sooner than the fourth quarter arrival previously expected, which would have lined up with the timeline of how the M1 and M1 Pro rolled out.

Prediction updates:
1. New 15" MacBook would go to mass production in mid-1H23, and launch date may be 2Q23 or later.
2. New 15" MacBook may offer two CPU options, M2 (with 35W adapter) & M2 Pro (with 67W adapter).
3. I haven't heard of any plans for rumored 12" MacBook yet.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) June 15, 2022

Kuo notes that this new 15-inch laptop might not be a MacBook Air, as was previously reported by others. Apple once sold a MacBook that lacked the Air or Pro designation, so it wouldn’t be a first for a new MacBook to appear. Earlier rumors suggested a 12-inch MacBook might be planned, but Kuo stated there hasn’t been any discussion of that product — so perhaps Apple is now favoring these larger screen sizes. Bigger displays seem to be the most popular and from smartphones to TV screens, we all want to have a bigger window for browsing the internet and apps.

Either way, this would be the first MacBook to offer the “Pro” chip as an upgrade to the standard one. In previous models, the M1 Pro and M1 Max configurations were not offered as options alongside a product that was also sold with a standard M1.

As for timing, this rollout would match the order that Apple expanded the M1 line. After introducing its first chip, the M1, Apple followed the next year with an M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra, each at least doubling the performance of the previous. If this pattern continues, an M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra may be coming in 2023, so hints of an M2 Pro aren’t surprising.

Besides an overall speed improvement, Apple’s new M2 processor saw a big gain in graphics processing speed, and an M2 Pro would likely double these performance boosts, making it quite a potent laptop. Currently, the M1 Pro variant is only available in the MacBook Pro, so this suggests this M2 Pro-powered 15-inch laptop might end up being called a “MacBook Pro,” but that remains an open question.

The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro laptops were the standard for many years. While the 17-inch model was last made in 2012, a MacBook Pro with a 15-inch size was updated through 2019. Now it looks like Apple might bring back at least one of these popular laptop sizes with a new and faster MacBook in early 2023 with a choice of processors.

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