According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple's 14-inch and 16-inch next-generation MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are "in development and testing," and these laptops could come out earlier than expected.
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In a recent Power On release, Gurman said Apple plans to release the new MacBook Pro as soon as this fall, although there is always the possibility that the timeline could be pushed back due to supply chain disruptions or other reasons. Earlier, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that mass production of the new MacBook Pro laptops will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and they will hit the market next year.
While some reports suggest that the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips may be Apple's first 3nm chips, it seems increasingly likely that these chips will still be produced using a 5nm process. These chips will still provide performance improvements over the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as Apple is expected to move from TSMC's standard "N5" 5-nm process to the more advanced "N5P" process.
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Like the standard M2 chip, the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will also have an increased number of GPU and memory cores. Rumor has it that Apple's new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro won't undergo major design changes, which makes sense given that the new design won't arrive until October 2021. Previous redesigns have included the return of MagSafe and HDMI ports, an updated 1080p camera and a display with a narrower bezel and cutout.
Rumor has it that Apple will release a new Mac mini with the M2 Pro chip this year, as well as a new high-performance Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme chips.