Apple is expected to launch its first MacBook Pro paired with the next-generation M2 silicon next month. Supply chain reports state that the device may be start shipping in early March.
The era of the M2 chip may be upon us. According to DigiTimes (via MacRumors), sources within Apple’s supply chain state that production for the new MacBook Pro remained steady during the Lunar New Year holiday. The device is said to now launch in “early March.”
Apple reportedly will release a spate of new devices in early March, including new MacBook Pro adopting the latest M2 processor, budget-level 5G iPhone SE and iPad, the sources said. Except for the processor, most other components used in the new MacBook Pro reportedly will feature almost the same specs as those for existing model featuring M1 chips, leading MacBook Pro supply chain partners to maintain production during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday to satisfy increasing demand for Mac series, the sources continued.
If true, this would mark the first launch of the next-generation M2 silicon from Apple. What’s interesting to note is that Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman recently reported that Apple’s M2 MacBook Air would be on the horizon. Gurman believed that a new MacBook Air would be the first to adopt the M2, which may feature the same number of CPU cores as the M1 chip. However, the M2 is said to have up to 10 graphics cores and improved performance over the M1.
Additionally, there are no details on the size of the new MacBook Pro. Once again, in a report, Gurman believes that a 13-inch revamp of the entry-level MacBook Pro would be arriving sometime later this year. Apple may also remove the Touch Bar. This model is also not expected to feature a ProMotion display.
Apple is expected to host its first event of the year early in March. If accurate, this could be the chance for Apple to share details on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.