Apple is expected to launch an upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro at the upcoming March event, along with new M2 MacBook Air, M2 Mac mini, 27-inch iMac Pro, third-generation iPhone SE, and fifth-generation iPad Air. A new leak reiterated that the next-generation MacBook Pro will be powered by M2 but contrary to rumors, claims that it will feature the infamous Touch Bar.
Several sources have reported that the new entry-level MacBook Pro will be powered by M2 Apple Silicon but few have given little information on other specs of the laptop. Earlier, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg reported Apple will remove the Touch Bar from the new laptop model like the 2021 MacBook Pro models, and will not upgrade it with a mini-LED or ProMotion display. While the new rumor seconds with the display claim, it refutes with the Touch Bar claim.
The M2 chip in the new MacBook Pro will have the same CPU and GPU cores as the M1 chip but will deliver higher performance
The same source who leaked the notch feature of the 2021 MacBook Pro models, has also provided information on the upcoming entry-level model. Details viewed by MacRumors suggest that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro will have the same design language as the 2020 MacBook Pro model including the Touch Bar, and LCD display.
He also claims that the M2 chip will feature the same number of CPU and GPU cores as the M1 chip but will deliver enhanced performance. Maybe Apple wants to distinguish the new M2 chip from its M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
The upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro retains the same design as the current version, including the Touch Bar, but unlike the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, it will not have a notch or a ProMotion display, contrary to some rumors.
If so, that means the headline difference in the new entry-level MacBook Pro model will be the new M2 chip, which features the same number of CPU cores as the M1 processor, up to 10 graphics cores, and improved performance.
Recently, Apple filed three unreleased Mac models at the Eurasian Economic Commission, ahead of the March event. One of the Mac models is described as a portable computer in the filings.