A new report from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple is working on a new 15-inch MacBook model with the M2 and M2 Pro chips. The MacBook is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2023.
Apple to launch 15-inch MacBook in the second quarter of next year
In a tweet, the analyst outlined his latest predictions for the rumored 15-inch MacBook. Kuo said that it will be available with two chip options: the M2 and M2 Pro chip.
1. New 15″ MacBook would go to mass production in mid-1H23, and launch date may be 2Q23 or later.
2. New 15″ MacBook may offer two CPU options, M2 (with 35W adapter) & M2 Pro (with 67W adapter).
3. I haven’t heard of any plans for rumored 12″ MacBook yet.
In addition to this, Kuo said that the two CPU options will arrive with different adapters. The MacBook with the M2 chip will come with Apple’s dual-port 35W power adapter and the MacBook with the M2 Pro chip will arrive with a 67W adapter. The new 35W USB-C adapter also comes coupled with the newly announced M2 MacBook Air.
The M2 chip was recently announced at WWDC 22. Apple says the M2 chip has an 18% faster CPU, a 35% faster GPU, and a 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip while providing the same battery efficiency. The new chip features a 10-core GPU.
In terms of design, the MacBook will sport a larger 15-inch display but additional details are unclear. Currently, it is also unknown if it will feature the MacBook Air branding.
Earlier in March, Kuo said that the MacBook would go into mass production in the fourth quarter of 2023. Now, the analyst predicts it will be announced in the second quarter of next year.
The analyst also stated that he has not heard any plans for a rumored 12-inch MacBook as of yet. It was Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman who recently reported that a 12-inch MacBook is in the works with a launch slated for late 2023 or early 2024. Gurman said the rumored device would represent the tech giant’s smallest laptop since it discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019.