The weekend, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said Apple was planning a new entry-level MacBook Pro M2 for some time this year. Now, industry sources within a supply chain believe the company will launch this new Mac in early March, potentially at Apple’s rumored event.
Apple would launch a slew of new devices in early March, including a new MacBook Pro adopting the latest M2 processor, an iPhone SE and a budget 5G iPad, the sources said. Except for the processor, most of the other components used in the new MacBook Pro are said to feature nearly the same specifications as the existing model with M1 chips, leading MacBook Pro supply chain partners to keep production going for a while. the Lunar New Year holiday week to satisfy growing demand for the Mac series, the sources continued.
While analysts have previously flagged Apple’s plans for an event to launch a new iPhone SE, iPad Air, and a new Mac, DigiTimes believes this new Mac will be the entry-level MacBook Pro M2.
In his Light up newsletter, Mark Gurman gave some information about this Mac, saying it will lose the Touch Bar because the MacBook Pro 2021 did, but will not feature a miniLED display or ProMotion technology. That said, this computer is said to feature the rumored M2 processor, which is said to be an upgrade from the M1, but less powerful than the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
Less powerful means this Mac is likely to support up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD, unlike other chips which can handle up to 64GB of RAM.
The 9to5Mac take
Which makes 9to5Mac Take this report with a grain of salt is that Apple is planning many products with the M2 processor. As Gurman reported, there’s a new 24-inch iMac, an entry-level Mac mini, and a revamped MacBook Air with this chip.
Not only that, but Apple is likely to announce an iPad Pro M2 later this year, but with the company readying this entry-level MacBook Pro M2 for early March, that would kind of kill the vibe of a Revamped MacBook Air with a brand-new processor.
And with Apple still suffering from supply constraints, it’s less likely that the company will unveil all of these Macs already at the rumored March event.
One thing is certain: if this Mac will be launched, we will know in a month, because the March event would take place on March 8th.