Apple’s next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips were slated to hit the market in “early 2023,” but the laptops are now expected to be “delayed once again,” according to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.
The report does not offer a revised launch timeframe for the new MacBook Pros. In his newsletter last weekend, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said Apple planned to release the laptops in the first half of this year and said they will have the same designs and features as the current models, but with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Gurman said those chips will offer only marginal performance improvements over the current M1 Pro and M1 Max.
In late October, Gurman said Apple planned to release the new MacBook Pros in the first quarter of 2023 and had tied the launches to an upcoming macOS 13.3 release, but it’s unclear if those plans have changed since then. Based on Gurman’s latest timeframe of the first half of 2023, the new MacBook Pros should finally be released by Apple’s annual developers conference WWDC in June at the latest, but hopefully sooner.
Apple’s chipmaking partner TSMC started mass production of 3nm chips in late December, but reports have conflicted as to whether the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips will be 3nm or remain 5nm like the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
The rest of the report is focused on how MacBook shipments will likely decline 40% to 50% sequentially in the first quarter of 2023, citing unnamed supply chain sources. The report claims that Apple “adjusting its shipment ratios” by adding Wingtech as a MacBook assembler is the primary reason for the substantial decline.
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