According to a new report, Apple suppliers are gearing up for the launch of the upcoming MacBook Pro models. The launch event for the MacBook Pro and new iPads is expected to be held next month.
MacBook Pro launch event expected to take place next month
Apple recently announced a ton of new hardware at its “Far Out,” event including the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, the Apple Watch Ultra, the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, and the second-gen AirPods Pro. The tech giant has yet to announce new MacBook Pro models or iPads.
Keeping in mind the fact that the launch of iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura has been pushed back by Apple by a month, numerous sources believe that an event will take place in October.
A new report from Digitimes claims that Apple suppliers are preparing for the launch of Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro series. The report comes as shipments of existing MacBook Pro models are starting to slow down.
DIGITIMES Research estimates that Apple’s shipments will witness the smallest decline among the top six PC brands in 2022. Apple is expected to see an on-year decrease of only 1.4%, while Asustek Computer sees an on-year decline of 9.2%, Lenovo 14.7%, Dell 18%, Hewlett-Packard (HP) 22.6%, and Acer 33.2%.
Sources pointed out that Apple is currently the only PC brand still pulling in orders, as others see shipment volume drop by 40-50% compared with 2021. At present, manufacturers estimate recovery will not occur until after second-quarter 2022.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also previously reported that new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and Max chips are “well into development and testing.”
As for new iPad releases, we know that the 10th-generation redesigned iPad will be a part of the event. The device will sport flat edges, slimmer bezels, and a singular rear lens in a camera system similar to the one on the iPhone X. In addition to this, the leak suggests it will have a bigger display than the current 9th-generation model which features a 10.2-inch screen.
As for the iPad Pro, Apple plans to update the device from the M1 to the M2 chip. No significant external redesign is expected for the Pro device. TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously reported that Apple will expand mini-LED display tech to the 11-inch iPad Pro by 2022.