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Revised MacBook Pro 13 scheduled for March 8 release with Apple M2, a Touch Bar, no notch and no ProMotion display

The next MacBook Pro may be one step forward and two steps back for the series. (Image source: Dmitry Chernyshov)
The next MacBook Pro may be one step forward and two steps back for the series. (Image source: Dmitry Chernyshov)
Rumour has it that Apple is preparing to launch a refreshed MacBook Pro 13 next month at its March 8 hardware event. While the machine will showcase Apple's new M2 chipset, it will also see a continuation of the Touch Bar, but no display notch or ProMotion technologies.

Earlier this month, Mark Gurman revealed several details about an upcoming MacBook Pro based on an Apple M2 SoC. Now, MacRumors claims to have received information from a 'previously reliable source' about the next MacBook Pro that contradicts previous assumptions. According to MacRumors, its source has 'close links' with Apple's supply chain.

As expected, the next MacBook Pro is said to be a refresh of the current 13-inch model. However, it will not move onto the design that Apple introduced with the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Instead, the next MacBook Pro 13 will retain its predecessor's design, a carryover from Intel-based MacBook Pros. Additionally, the machine will lack ProMotion display technology, restricting it to 60 Hz refresh rates.

MacRumors adds that there will be no notch on the next MacBook Pro 13 either, a point of contention with the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Conversely, the Touch Bar will return, replaced by traditional function keys on the 14-inch and 16-inch models. Also, the MacBook Pro 13 will debut the Apple M2, an SoC with 8 CPU cores, up to 10 GPU cores and improved performance compared to the Apple M1.

In effect, this year's MacBook Pro 13 sounds like it will only offer a refreshed SoC. Currently, it is unclear if MagSafe will appear on this model, nor an HDMI port or an SD card slot. Reputedly, the next MacBook Pro 13 will debut on March 8 at a hardware event alongside the iPad Air 5 and the iPhone SE 5G.  

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Alex Alderson, 2022-02-15 (Update: 2022-02-15)