Apple MacBook Pro 12 could replace MacBook Pro 13 in 2023 with M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets
@MajinBuOfficial has provided more details about a possible 12-inch MacBook, having recently leaked specifications for a rumoured 14.1-inch iPad Pro. Apple has sold a 12-inch MacBook before, but the company discontinued it in 2019 after three refreshes. While the 12-inch MacBook was considered a more premium alternative to the MacBook Air, its Intel Core M processors prevented it from competing with the performance that MacBook Pros of the era offered.
According to @MajinBuOfficial, this will not be the case when Apple returns to the 12-inch form factor in 2023. For reference, Mark Gurman believes that a 12-inch MacBook will arrive in late 2023 or early 2024, as we have discussed separately. However, he also added that:
It’s unclear if the new 12-inch laptop would be a low-end device or a higher-end machine that’s part of the MacBook Pro line...
Conversely, @MajinBuOfficial asserts that the 12-inch model will sit within the MacBook Pro series, presumably with MacBook Pro branding too. Reportedly, the MacBook Pro 12 will rely on the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which would be considerable performance within a 12-inch form factor. @MajinBuOfficial adds that the MacBook Pro 12 will sit alongside refreshed MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 models.
In other words, the MacBook Pro 12 appears to be replacing the existing MacBook Pro 13, refreshed earlier this week to the new Apple M2 chipset. Presumably, the MacBook Pro 12 would be a cheaper alternative to the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16, which start at US$1,999 and US$2,499, respectively. We would not rule price increases across Apple's Mac product stack though, considering the uplift between this year's MacBook Air and its Apple M1-powered predecessor.