Apple is developing new versions of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, but the update is still a long way off, so we don’t have much information on what to expect.
We know that machines will get M2 Pro and M2 Max chips that will bring significant performance improvements. This guide highlights everything we know about the upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, and will be updated over time when we hear new information.
We don’t expect design changes for the updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple just updated the look with the 2021 launch of the M1 Pro and M1 Max, and the company has been using the same design for several years.
Apple still uses a one-piece aluminum design, but the shape has been revised to be flatter and less curved at the bottom. The hardware includes an all-black keyboard, a large Force Touch control panel, and two speaker grilles on the side of the keyboard.
Current MacBook Pro models feature small LED displays with ProMotion technology, thin 3.5 mm bezels on the top and bottom of the display, and a notch that houses the 1080p webcam.
M2 Pro and M2 Max chips
While we’re not counting on design changes, there will be internal updates with rumors that Apple is planning to use M2 Pro and M2 Max chips in the upgraded MacBook Pro models. according to BloombergMark Gorman, the M2 Max chip will offer up to 12 CPU cores, up from the 10-core CPU in the M1 Max, along with up to 38 GPU cores, up from the current maximum of 32 cores.
M2 Max supports a unified memory of up to 64GB. Gurman hasn’t shared details about the M2 Pro, but it is expected to be less powerful than the M2 Max.
Apple is working on OLED displays for future devices, including MacBook Pro models. Some rumors have suggested that Apple may introduce OLED displays as soon as 2022, but more recent information has indicated that OLED technology won’t come until 2024, so it seems like a long shot for the 2023 update.
There have also been rumors that Apple is working on Face ID for the Mac, and that high-end MacBook Pro models will be prime candidates for this technology, but so far, there are no specific rumors that Face ID is coming to the Mac with the MacBook Pro update.
Apple introduced the M1 Pro and M1 Max 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in October 2021, and while Macs sometimes get annual updates, this isn’t expected to be the case this year. Gurman noted that Apple does not plan to update the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models until 2023, so we may not see new models this year.
Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip, the first hardware update since the launch of the M1 MacBook Pro in 2020.