9to5Mac has learned that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models powered with M2 chip will launch in late 2022. The aforementioned notebooks were expected to launch at the March 8 “Peek Performance” event but Apple unveiled the new “Mac Studio” powered by the super-powerful M1 Ultra chip.
The new M1 Ultra chip is not only the fastest PC chip, it is also the last built of the M1 Apple Silicon series. That means the next-generation Apple Silicon will be branded M2.
M2 chip and M2 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini predictions
Recently, DigiTimes reported that TSMC will ship the new M2 chip built on a 4nm process to Apple for new series of Mac models launching later this year. The new report has given color to the new Mac models launching with the advanced M2 chip.
Based on the A15 Bionic chip, the next-generation M2 chip will be built on a 4nm process and feature an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU.
MacBook Pro with M2 chip
Based on information from sources and leaks, the upcoming M2 MacBook Pro will have the same design language as the 2020 M1 MacBook Pro including the Touch Bar. And to differentiate between the entry-level model and high-end MacBook models, Apple will not feature mini-LED in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.
It is also claimed that Apple might replace the 13-inch entry-level MacBook Pro model with a 14-inch MacBook Pro model.
MacBook Air with M2 chip
The new M2 MacBook Air is expected to get a completely new design like the 2021 MacBook Pro models and new color options like the M1 iMac with white bezels and white keyboard. It might also feature a 1080p camera, function keys, and MagSafe support.
However, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that Apple will introduce a redesigned MacBook Air with an M1 chip, no mini-LED display and more color options will launch later this year.
Mac mini with M2 chip
Previously, 9to5Mac reported that Apple is developing new Mac mini models which will be powered by advanced M2 and M2 Pro chips.