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MacBook Pro M2 Max and M2 Pro Expectations for 2022

MacBook Pro M2 Max and M2 Pro Expectations for 2022

Apple is expected to soon announce the first revision of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro for 2021. Here’s everything we expect to see from the M2 Pro chip and M2 Max chip MacBook Pro laptops so far.

Could this be an email?

Have you ever had a meeting that you know should have been just an email? That could happen at the MacBook Pro/iPad Pro event this year.

Mark Gurman on Bloomberg has hinted in the past two weeks that Apple is unlikely to hold a second fall event this year. Instead, Apple could simply brief select members of the tech media about the new machines and issue a press release.

That’s partly because the major upgrades to these Macs are mostly just better builds in terms of performance. However, this does not mean that there is no possibility of an exterior.

[Update 10/18/2022: Apple releasing new iPads and an Apple TV 4K via press release seals the no event deal. Mark Gurman also suggests that MacBook Pros may be a November product.]

How to watch the October MacBook event on 10.18
October 2021 MacBook Pro Event Theme

2022 MacBook Pro colors?

Expecting a space gray and silver MacBook Pro again is a safe bet. However, something new has happened since the last round of MacBook Pros. In June, Apple released a darker aluminum finish called Midnight. The MacBook Air is the only machine to have this black and blue metallic shade so far.

global computer market |  M2 MacBook Air shown at midnight
MacBook Air and USB-C to MagSafe 3 charger at midnight

If the MacBook Pro came in a new color, it would look newer and be the first midnight laptop with an all-black keyboard. While many are still waiting for an all-black MacBook Pro, this would be a great alternative to silver and space gray.

MacBook Pro buyers last year were also disappointed that the USB-C MagSafe 3 cable only came in white/silver. The color matches the silver MacBook Pro, but doesn’t suit space gray buyers. Apple has since released color matching USB-C to MagSafe 3 cables for Space Grey, Starlight and Midnight. Of course, Apple will bundle the space gray version with the space gray MacBook Pros with this revision.

[10/18: The M2 iPad Pro update does not include Midnight. This doesn’t bode well for a Midnight MacBook Pro.]

M2 Pro and M2 Max

Ultimately, the real reason to upgrade is internal.

Apple introduced its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in October 2021 along with the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro devices. The company continued Apple’s silicon upgrade last spring with the even more powerful M1 Ultra.

Then Apple started the M2 cycle in June with the MacBook Air. We can probably expect the same performance increase from the M1 to the M2, only scaled up for the Pro and Max versions in the new MacBook Pros. Yes, that could mean more fan activity to prevent throttling. That has yet to be decided.

16 inch MacBook Pro charger limitation

Unless you’re looking for the most performance out of your MacBook Pro, this likely won’t be the year-to-year update that M1 Max buyers demand. If you bought an M1 Pro last year and are ready for the Max flavor instead, the M2 Max is your chance.

Mark Gurman on Bloomberg there is emphatically that graphics performance will be the focus of these new chips.

More

Here are some other features we hope to see with the new MacBook Pro:

  • 16-inch MacBook Pro fast charging via USB-C; this it wasn’t quite possible with the M1 Pro/Max version.
  • More RAM? Apple has increased the RAM limit for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the M2.
  • Center stage webcam? Probably not, especially after Studio Display hoopla.
  • M2 Ultra version? Don’t hold your breath. The Ultra is essentially two Max chips, and that kind of performance would probably chew up battery life.
  • Speaking of battery life and performance, High Power Mode on the M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro performs graphics-intensive tasks. We may see this feature come to more versions of the new MacBook Pro

Whether the M2 Pro and M2 Ultra 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros arrive via press release or Apple event, we expect to learn the fate of these new machines soon, so stay tuned.

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