According to a new report by DigiTimes, Apple is expected to update both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with more power-efficient mini-LED displays by the end of this year. So this could mean two things: the overall display brightness could increase by 10% compared to the first-generation panels, or output the same brightness while consuming less power. We’re still expecting the next iPad Pros to gain hybrid OLEDs next year, and the MacBook Pros will continue to use mini-LED displays until 2026 when they’ll switch to OLED displays.
Either way, we have a stronger reason to take this report with a grain of salt. Apple already updated both the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the next-generation M2 Pro and M2 Max chips along with other improvements such as Bluetooth 5.3 and HDMI 2.1. So updating both of those models again within the one-year cycle would be unusual for Apple.
With that said, both Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo expected the next refresh of those MacBook Pro models would occur next year, which would bring the 3-nanometer M3 Pro and M3 Max chips to those machines.
On the other hand, MacRumors has received information that Apple would be accepting some of its latest Mac models for trade-in, indicating that a new Mac model would launch this month. However, it’s still unclear which of those models Apple will update. Both the higher-end MacBook Pros and Mac mini were updated this January, and the Mac Studio and Mac Pro were updated this June. We also saw the introduction of the 15-inch MacBook Air at the same time. So this leaves only the iMac as the most likely candidate for an update as it hasn’t seen an update since April 2021. However, several reports indicate that the iMac would skip the M2 chip in favor of the next M3 chip upgrade, but that likely won’t happen until next year.
We’ll just have to wait and see what products Apple could introduce this month, and the company will likely announce them via a press release.