Apple pushes MacBook Pro 14, MacBook Pro 16, Mac mini and Mac Pro releases into 2023
Allegedly, Apple has moved away from the idea of delivering new Mac products before the end of the year. Writing in his latest Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman claims that Apple confirmed in an investor call that its 2022 holiday offering is locked in after this month's iPad refresh. Supposedly, Tim Cook outlined this, as did Luca Maestri, the company's Chief Financial Officer.
Although product refreshes are no longer on the cards before Christmas, software updates like iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 are still on the cards. Incidentally, Apple recently released initial public beta builds for all three OS updates, details of which we have discussed separately. According to Gurman, March 2023 is the next likely release window for new Mac products. Conversely, @LeaksApplePro asserts that Apple has scheduled a new launch event in January, although it is unclear from where the leaker has obtained this information.
In comparison, Gurman acknowledges that Apple's current software roadmap puts macOS Ventura 13.3 on track for a February or March 2023 public release, which would coincide well with refreshed Mac devices. Currently, Apple is expected to release the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 with M2 and M2 Max upgrades. However, the analyst does not believe that the company will make any visual adjustments from the M1-based machines that it launched in late 2020. Still, the adoption of M2 Max will provide the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 with 2 additional CPU cores and 6 more GPU cores, totalling 12 and 38, respectively.
Meanwhile, Gurman writes that Apple is developing new Mac mini models based on its M2 and M2 Pro chipsets. While new Mac mini models sound as if they are being developed alongside refreshed MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 models, this may not be the case for the Mac Pro. Instead, Gurman hints that Apple may wait until it can equip the Mac Pro with 3 nm chipsets, with the M2 generation stuck on 5 nm nodes. If that is the case, do not expect a new Mac Pro to launch in early 2023 alongside the MacBook Pro 14, MacBook Pro 16 and the Mac mini.