It looks like Apple may be saving its M2 Pro or M2 Max chips for later iterations of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to new rumors.
industry analyst Ming Chi Kuo says that the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 chips are expected to go into production in Q4 2022, but also that these chips will likely not use TSMC’s 3nm process, which is believed to be what the M2 Pro or O M2 Max silicon will be built.
The 3nm node won’t go into production until the first half of 2023, so upcoming Pro models will likely use the same 5nm node as the standard M2 in the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, which are the current M2. chips. Going by Apple’s previous track record with its laptop launches, there’s a good chance these rumors are true.
Even more evidence in favor of an M2 Pro/Max update next year
Kuo and Reliable reviews aren’t the only sources claiming that Apple will give its MacBook Pros the M2 Pro or M2 Max upgrade.
According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, who made his prediction through his Power On bulletin in July 2022, the Pro update will get the updated silicon between Q1 2023 and Q3 2023. He also predicted that the new high-end M2 chips specification will focus more on the graphics side of things, which came with the M1 Pro and M1 Max before it.
It will be interesting to see what the new M2 chips will have to offer, but I hope it doesn’t have the problem that the current M2 MacBook Pro has, like slower SSD speeds, compared to MacBook Pro M1.
As with all things Apple, you can’t know until Apple makes an announcement, so make sure you take everything with a grain of salt.