M2 MacBook Air & MacBook Pro to Debut Later This Year

Just as Apple announced its all-new Mac Studio, and we just got news about an M2-based Mac mini in the works, you might think that is it for this year, right? Not quite. According to another exclusive report from 9to5Mac, Apple is already working on putting an M2 SoC into its next MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro

Since Apple transitioned the MacBook Air to the M1 chip first, the redesigned MacBook Air has been one of the most anticipated products to see from Apple. We’ve been hearing reports that the MacBook Air will feature colors similar to those of the 24-inch iMac. In contrast to Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction, this upcoming laptop, codenamed J413, will feature the M2 chip. The M2 chip will be based on the A15 chip and will use a 4nm process, and will feature a more capable 10-core GPU. Of course, the M2 chip won’t be generally faster than the more premium M1 Pro/Max/Ultra SoCs. However, Apple has been developing the next iteration for those chips.

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For the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it looks like Apple will keep selling the laptop for many years to come as it plans to give the same treatment by putting in the M2 chip. Codenamed J493, this machine will be based on the current 13-inch Pro; therefore, it will retain the same design it has had since 2016. There’s a chance that the big company might drop the “Pro” moniker and just call it the “MacBook”. This would make sense to further differentiate it from the higher-end 14-inch/16-inch MacBook Pros.  Just like the MacBook Air, we don’t expect the 13-inch MacBook Pro to feature higher-end M-series chips.

While a release has not been set in stone yet, we could see those aforementioned products by the end of this year in October/November. Will you be looking forward to the next iteration of Apple Silicon? Let us know in the comments below.

Nick Soong
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