Apple will release new M2 MacBooks in the fourth quarter of 2022, in time for the holiday season, according to a new report from DigiTimes.
The conclusion is not only based on previous releases by the Cupertino company, but also on supplier shipment orders indicating support for new models is being geared up.
If there’s one constant to the universe, it’s that rumors will circulate about a future generation release of Apple products, and MacBooks are no different.
The DigiTimes report seems to support several current rumors that 14-inch and 16-inch M2 MacBook Pros will be shipping by year’s end. The report also hints that a 15-inch and 12-inch Macbook Air will arrive in early 2024.
The models are expected to focus on using Apple’s new M2 Silicon chip with options of between 12-38 cores being considered. This report has also picked up steam since Bloom reported last month that Apple was deep in the development and testing of a 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook.
[Analysis] Apple在新14"與16" MacBook Pro量產前砍單20-30%，為高階ABF與Mini-LED的潛在結構性風險 / Apple cuts shipment forecasts for new 14" & 16" MacBook Pro by 20-30% before mass production, and it's a structural risk to the high-end ABF & Mini-LED sectorshttps://t.co/NtT8cM9fcP
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) September 7, 2022
Tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also foreseen new Macbooks being released in late 2022 based on trends and Apple’s production and announcement history.
Since Apple traditionally announces new Macs in the fall, in time for the Holiday shopping season, and since recent M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pros have hit the market, it stands to reason that reports would focus on additional MBPs being developed for a fall release.
However, Kuo has also seen that Apple has cut its production forecast for the larger screen MacBooks, indicating that availability could be tight after they hit the market.
Moreover, since last year’s MacBook Pros were based on a ground-up redesign with MagSafe, the return of ports, and other design elements, it also indicates that the updates for 2022 will likely be refinements focusing on speed and performance improvements.
This is what is known as the tick-tock development cycle, where a “tick” refers to innovations and redesigns, while the “tock” focuses more on the refinement of the design with modest improvements and a few new features.
According to The Verge, this would indicate that Apple will likely wait until next year to announce designs based on a 3-nanometer architecture, and will keep the current 5nm advanced process for one more season, albeit with a more dialed-in approach to squeeze out every last bit of performance that the architecture can produce.
The next Apple event will likely take place in the middle of October and is based on the tradition of having a fall event, particularly in that month, for seven of the last ten years. So it’s only a few weeks before we know for sure.
Does that mean users should wait to upgrade? Well, it wouldn’t hurt. Especially since previous models usually undergo a price reduction with the announcement of a new model. But don’t expect a huge performance increase to be in the cards. It’ll be a modest boost, and if that isn’t important, then there’s no reason to wait.
[source: The Verge]
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