There has been a lot of rumors going around about this one. Every day we used to wake up and come across a new rumor from a new source telling us that Apple is going to come out with a new and a redesigned MacBook Pro that is going to have a new display. The things got out of hand really fast with no way to stop or deal with the rumors.
In a new research note obtained by 9to5Mac, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reinforces that new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will enter mass production in the third quarter of 2021.
Based on previous rumors (including other reports from Kuo), the new MacBook Pro will have a “flat-edged design” similar to what we’ve seen in the latest iMac, iPad Pro, and iPhone 12 designs. Apple also plans to bring back more ports to its laptop Pro, such as HDMI, SD card slot, and even MagSafe. This machine is also expected to have a more powerful M1X chip, the first evolution of Apple Silicon in Macs since M1.
There has been no set date for the release yet and there has been no official declaration from the side of Apple either but the source that provided this info was trustworthy and unlike those shady sites that provided only nonsense news and the guarantee was feeble.
Earlier this week, leaker DylanDkt said that the new MacBook Air will likely be the first with an M2 chip (not the M1X, which will have a more advanced GPU focused on the Pro lineup). Dylan also heard that the new MacBook Air will be available in multiple colors, just like the new iMac. However, it’s unknown when exactly this new MacBook Air will be introduced.
The M2 Pro and M2 Max Processors
While external modifications are unlikely, Apple is said to be updating the hardware of the MacBook Pro by including M2 Pro and M2 Max processors in the next variants. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims that the M2 Max chip will have a maximum of 12 CPU cores, up from the M1 Max’s 10, and a maximum of 38 GPU cores, up from the current 32.
With the M2 Max, you can use a maximum of 64GB of Unified Memory. Gurman was cagey about the M2 Pro, although it’s safe to assume it will be weaker than the M2 Max. Results from Geekbench that were allegedly gathered from an M2 Max chip have revealed that it offers marginal performance increases over the M1 Max chip.
The chip, identified as being in a Mac with the codename “Mac14,6,” was given a single-core score of 1853 and a multi-core score of 13855. The single-core and multi-core results for a second benchmark were 1889 and 14586, respectively.
In contrast, the M1 Max achieved a single-core score of 1755 and a multi-core score of 12333.