Reportedly, Apple is set to launch the next-generation iPhone SE (3rd generation), iPad Air (5th generation), and MacBook Pro powered by the advanced M2 Apple Silicon as early as March. Giving more details on the upcoming entry-level MacBook Pro, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims that the laptop will be powered by M2 Apple Silicon and feature physical function keys, have an LCD display, and more.
Apple introduced the Touch Bar in the MacBook Pro lineup in 2016. Since the launch, it was not a popular feature and over the years, users had been requesting to bring back the physical function keys. In 2020, the MacBook Pro with M1 chip was launched with a Touch Bar but removed it from 2021 MacBook Pro models. Now, as the tech giant is near the completion of its 2-years transition period, it will bid adieu to Touch Bar along with Intel processors.
To differentiate from the 2021 MacBook Pro, the new 2022 entry-level model will not feature a mini-LED display
In the exclusive Q&A session of his weekly newsletter “Power On”, Gurman detailed that in 2022, Apple will upgrade the M1 Mac models with M2 chip and new features. But to differentiate between the 2021 MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip, the upcoming MacBook Pro will be upgraded with a faster M2 processor but its display, and storage are likely to remain the same as the 2020 M1 model. This means the new laptop will neither feature a ProMotion nor a mini-LED display.
“I’d expect the new entry-level MacBook Pro to match the high-end MacBook Pros by losing the Touch Bar, but key differentiators will be lesser displays, processors, and storage, and no ProMotion nor miniLED.
Earlier, Apple leaker Dylan reported that the 13-inch MacBook model will be replaced by a 14-inch model with an M2 chip in the second half of 2022. The bump in screen real-estate is expected to increase the price of the new laptop.
It’ll be one of many Macs in the pipeline with the M2 chip, including refreshes to the 24-inch iMac, entry-level Mac mini and revamped MacBook Air.”