The New MacBook Pro 2022 with M2 could be coming soon

Will a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip arrive in 2022 or will Apple discontinue the 13-inch MacBook Pro? We investigated when the new MacBook Pro could arrive.

There are many rumors circulating about a possible M2 chip MacBook Air with a new design that Apple is said to be working on, but what about the 13-inch MacBook Pro?

After the introduction of the 14-inch MacBook Pro in 2021, there will be those who wonder if Apple will end up discontinuing the 13-inch model. Others will have realized that there is not a big difference between the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

In this article, we’ll examine whether there will be a new model in 2022, and what new features and specifications a new generation of 13-inch MacBook Pro could offer.

In this regard, you might also want to read all the rumors out there about the 2022 MacBook Air with M2.

Will there be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro?

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter from December 2021, Apple will launch a new 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2022, one of five Macs arriving this year. Gurman expects that, beyond a new processor, there is not much more news.

Gurman isn’t the only expert who thinks there will be a MacBook Pro with an M2 chip. Leaker DylanDKT claimed in a (since deleted) tweet that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip will be replaced by a 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip in the second half of 2022.

However, there is little agreement on whether Apple will actually update the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Some predictions suggest that there will only be one M2-powered Mac notebook: an updated MacBook Air. It has also been suggested that this new M2-powered Mac notebook could be renamed MacBook and replace (or join) the MacBook Air with M1 and MacBook Pro 13″ from the current catalog.

When will Apple announce the new MacBook Pro?

The new MacBook Pro can be expected to come out in the fall of 2022, although WWDC in June is still a possibility.

The question of when Apple will launch the new MacBook Pro is really a question of when Apple will have finished developing the M2 since the M2 chip is the most likely to be used in this new model.

Originally, leaker Dylandkt wrote on Twitter in July 2021 that he believed a new M2-chip MacBook (Air) could arrive in the first half of 2022.

However, in January 2022, Dylan adjusted his position and said that the current M1-chip 13-inch MacBook Pro will be replaced by an M2-chip 14-inch MacBook Pro in the second half of 2022.

We’re holding out hope that the M2 arrives sooner than that (perhaps at WWDC in June). After all, three new Macs appeared in a Russian database in February, indicating that new Macs are coming soon.

Those database entries serve to identify the type of device: “A2615” and “A2686” refer to personal computers and are expected to be a new iMac and a Mac mini (perhaps the Mac Studio ), while the device “A2681” appears as a laptop.

We believe that the most likely laptop is the MacBook Pro, simply because the new MacBook Air will be completely remodeled, while the MacBook Pro will go to the 14-inch case or keep the 13-inch case.

It is possible that Apple will replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 for a 14-inch model with the same M1 chip, but reports suggest that it could be a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip.

For example, a MacRumors source, who according to that site revealed details of the MacBook Pro notch ahead of the October 2021 event, has said that Apple will soon launch a new MacBook Pro with the same design, but with a Touch Bar and with an M2 chip.

However, most reports suggest that the M2 won’t be ready for fall, so take all this with a grain of salt. Not only that, but bringing out M2 models alongside expected M1 variants for the iMac and Mac mini could be confusing.

Should there be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro?

There is a lot of uncertainty about whether Apple will update the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 with a new M2 chip, or if the company will remove that Mac from the catalog, replacing it with a new MacBook Air with M2 or just a MacBook.

Right now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is in direct competition with the MacBook Air, which has the same M1 chip and is priced slightly lower. There are reasons to choose the MacBook Pro over the Air, like longer battery life. and better cooling, but it’s inevitable that the MacBook Air will be the better seller of the two.

The only way Apple could make the difference between the Air and Pro models more apparent to consumers would be by updating the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 14-inch exterior. But then the distinction between the M2 and the M1 Pro would be confusing.

Traditionally, the MacBook Pro was considered a more powerful and professional variant of the MacBook. The 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 is a great piece of equipment, but its position in Apple’s lineup is confusing.

It ranks alongside the MacBook Air with M1 as a consumer-oriented device, while the 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with their M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are clearly aimed at the professional sector.

That’s why the 13-inch MacBook Pro with “Pro” in its name is confusing.

But if Apple were to drop the “Pro” moniker from the 13-inch MacBook Pro, how would this new 13-inch MacBook differ from the MacBook Air? Not at all, especially if we’re to believe the rumored design changes for the MacBook Air, ending the iconic wedge design that allowed the Air to be so light and thin.

This new colorful variant of the MacBook that has been rumored could actually be the rebirth of the MacBook. This Mac could replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 and MacBook Air with M1, or it could take a new position between these laptops and the 14-inch MacBook Pro with M1.

How much would the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip cost?

The price will depend on the position in the range of Apple laptops that this new Mac occupies.

Apple could keep the current MacBook Air with M1 and 13-inch MacBook Pro at a reduced price while introducing a new Mac notebook that costs a bit more and falls between the €1,679 13-inch MacBook Pro. / MXN$39,999 and the 14-inch MacBook Pro for €2,249 / MXN$52,999.

Therefore, this new Mac notebook with the M2 chip could cost around €2,000 / MXN$47,000.

In his tweet predicting that the MacBook Pro with M2 will be 14″, Dylan suggests that the new model will be slightly more expensive than the previous generation. Even with a slight price increase, the new model could still cost around €500 / MXN. $10,000 less than the current 14-inch MacBook Pro.

If this turns out to be the case, it is possible that Apple will sell the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 at a lower price, but it is also possible that the current model will be discontinued.

What design will the new 2022 MacBook Pro have?

It all depends on whether the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be updated, if it will go for a new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2, or if this new MacBook will be a MacBook revival with the design that has been rumored for the MacBook Air.

In a tweet, leaker Dylan suggested that the new MacBook will have the same design as the 14-inch MacBook Pro, which could suggest that it will have a 14-inch screen, a notch, the same ports, and probably skip the Touch screen. Pub.

In fact, in his  February 2022 Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggested there would be no Touch Bar.

However, other rumors, including a MacRumors source, indicate that the new MacBook Pro will keep the same design, including the Touch Bar.

MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro

On the other hand, if this new MacBook is a fusion of the 13-inch MacBook Air and Pro, then it could come in a new range of colors, as leaker Jon Prosser claimed in May 2021, echoing a source.

Apparently, there will be blue and green options that will be “very similar, if not identical” to the 24-inch iMac. The 24-inch iMac is available in seven different colors: blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple.

Blue and green aren’t very corporate colors, so Apple may also offer silver and space gray options. We’d love to see the return of the black MacBook and the white MacBook from 2006.

Rumors also suggest that the redesigned MacBook will be thinner and lighter, with the same screen size but with slightly slimmer bezels. If this is the case, Apple is likely using a notch to house the webcam, as it did with the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros.

One of the problems with this small and thin design is that the Mac is limited by the fact that it lacks space for cooling and heat dissipation.

The MacBook Air with M1 does not have a fan, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro does. The presence of the fan on the MacBook Pro with M1 does allow this model to draw more power before it gets too hot.

However, it is rumored that the new design of this new MacBook would ditch the classic tapered “wedge” shape in favor of a new smooth shape, so the new Mac notebook could have more room for cooling, as well as room for more. ports.

More ports are definitely something you need – it’s currently limited to two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports. We’d love to see an HDMI port, like the one on the 14″ and 16″ models, but we don’t expect to see a card slot. SD.

What specifications will the new 2022 MacBook Pro have?

It all depends on what Apple has planned. Will Apple add an M2 chip to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and keep it professional-focused, or will it drop the “Pro” from the name and make this new 13-inch MacBook a Mac that meets the needs of consumers and consumers? those whose work doesn’t require a high-powered Mac?

In any case, it seems likely that the 2022 MacBook (Pro) will have an M2 chip. The big question now is what that M2 will offer. It’s pretty clear that performance-wise the M2 won’t match the M1 Pro and Max, but how different will it be?

We discuss it in detail in our dedicated M2 chip article, but below you can find a summary:

CPUs

With the M2, Apple is expected to keep the same 8 CPU cores as the M1 but may increase the number of high-efficiency cores. The M1 currently has four efficiency and four high-performance cores, while the M1 Pro and Max have eight high-performance and two efficiency cores.

One reason not to expect the M2 to arrive before the fall is the fact that Apple is believed to be tightening up the manufacturing process.

Apple is said to be using TSMC’s next-generation N4P process, which is an upgraded version of the 5-nanometer process already used in the A15, M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max.

This new process is supposed to offer 11% improved performance and would be 22% more efficient compared to the conventional 5-nanometer process.

TSMC indicates that the production of N4P processes will not start until the second half of 2022. Therefore, it is unlikely that Macs with M2 will be released before next fall.

GPU

It is also believed that Apple will add more GPU cores: there could be 9 and 10 GPU core options in the new rigs, up from the 7 and 8 cores currently on offer.

If the new MacBook Pro carries an M2 chip, we could see up to 10 GPU cores, according to rumors.

RAM

One thing that has held the M1 back is the lack of support for more than 16GB of RAM. While 16GB of Apple Unified Memory isn’t exactly the same as the RAM we’re used to in Intel-powered Macs, it’s still a limitation, at least for those that require more RAM.

The hope is that the M2 will be able to support 32GB of RAM. However, this is unlikely especially if Apple wants to refocus the 13-inch MacBook Pro as a MacBook.

Another factor that could hold Apple back from supporting 32GB of RAM could be excessive power consumption, which won’t be particularly compatible with the fanless design that the new Mac laptop might have.

SSD

According to Mark Gurman in February 2022, the new Mac’s SSD configurations will still be 2TB.

Screen

As for the display, while the MacBook Pro with M2 looks set to adopt the same 14-inch size as the model with the M1 Pro, Gurman said in February 2022 that there will be a clear difference.

In order for the entry-level device to differentiate itself from the Pro rigs with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple will not offer an LED screen, rather the entry-level Mac will be equipped with a conventional LCD screen.

What features will the new 2022 MacBook Pro have?

Right now, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the only Mac with a Touch Bar. Apple removed the Touch Bar (which was originally designed with professional users in mind) from the MacBook Pro because it wasn’t generally popular with professional users.

This might suggest that Apple will remove the Touch Bar from the 13″ MacBook Pro, but will it?

Perhaps the Touch Bar is more suited to consumers, who can use the slider to control music and movie playback, adjust colors and edit their photos.

MagSafe is back with the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pro in 2021 and it looks like it will be the new laptop’s power option. But will this mean that there will be more USB ports?

The MacBook Pro with M1 (and MacBook Air with M1) has two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, which isn’t much when one of them is dedicated to charging. Replacing one of those USB ports with MagSafe just means that the port is magnetic (once connected, if someone trips over the cable, it immediately disconnects, without dragging the laptop).

As we’ve already discussed, the new MacBook Pro with M2 may have a notch like the 14-inch and 16-inch models, but only if Apple decides to give it a redesign. It’s also possible that Apple will just put an M2 processor chip inside the current M1 MacBook Pro and not change anything.

Notch or no notch, we’re hoping the webcam will get better: the current 720p FaceTime camera is terrible. Hopefully, the new Mac will have an HD (1080p) webcam like the one on the 24-inch iMac and the 2021 MacBook Pro models.

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