If you’ve been waiting for Apple to announce a new 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro before the end of the year, you’re out of luck. During his company’s earnings call last week, Apple’s CEO said the holiday product is “selected,” meaning there are three long-popular Mac products that won’t be part of the 2022 calendar.
Along with the next generation MacBook Pro, Apple has kept its hand on the iMac (last updated in 2021), Mac mini (2020), and Mac Pro (2019).
Although nothing is official, Apple did not necessarily delay the release of these products but decided to release them in the spring this time. Ongoing supply restrictions related to COVID-19 may also be an issue, although this is little more than speculation.
According to a report over the weekend by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, we should see the second generation of the 14-inch MacBook Pro and the third generation of the 16-inch MacBook Pro sometime in March. Both should include Pro and Max versions of the M2 processor now in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air (2022), and 2022 iPad Pro.
Gurman says the new MacBook Pro models will have the same chassis as the current ones, which were launched in October 2021, except for new chips inside. The Apple M2 Max will likely have 12 CPU cores, up from 10, and the best GPU will go up from 32 to 38 seats.
Not much is known about the new Mac mini, including its release date, although it will almost certainly be capable of some variations on the Apple M2 chip. Mac Pro is the toughest of them all. Currently, it is the only available Mac with only Intel inside it.
No doubt, productive Mac users yearn to have the option of purchasing a Mac Pro with Apple silicon. However, the launch of Mac Studio earlier this year may have relieved some of the pressure on Apple to get this product out in 2022.
The introduction of Macs has happened in the spring rather than the fall many times before. For example, the last 13-inch MacBook Pro without Apple silicon was released in May 2020. It also happened in 2019. However, you have to go back to 2009 to find the release date of the Mac mini in the early part of the year. These devices have since been launched around the Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer or pushed through October.
As the owner of a 14-inch MacBook Pro, I’m glad to see my laptop won’t be replaced before the end of the year. However, I can see why some people were upset by this news.
For months, the rumor mill has said new MacBook Pro models will arrive in October or November. Now that that won’t happen, potential MacBook Pro buyers must decide whether to wait until next spring to buy or get a 2021 model.
Assuming you have more desire than need, I suggest waiting until next year. Otherwise, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the 2021 MacBook Pro. You can also use MacBook Air (2022) or MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022). You can also check out our list of the best Macs on the market.