What’s Next for Apple’s 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models

Apple may not refresh 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models in 2023
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Many people are anticipating Apple’s new 14/16-inch MacBook laptops, which are expected to deliver significant performance gains thanks to the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. While we have some time before Apple’s new Macbook Pros are released, MacRumors has been analyzing them from a number of angles. First, no big changes are expected in terms of design anytime soon.

Apple is said to have refreshed the M1 Pro and M1 Max devices in 2021, however the brabd typically uses one set of design language for multiple years.

The MacBook follows the aluminum unibody shell design, but the shape is cut flatter and the bottom curves are toned down.

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The C-side is completely black, with a huge Force Touch touchpad and speaker grilles on either side.

The latest MacBook Pro has ProMotion / mini-LED technology and a 3.5mm bezel at the top and bottom, but it also has the infamous  notch to fit the 1080p webcam.

While no form factor changes are expected, there are reports that the MacBook Pro will soon be upgraded with the M2 Pro / M2 Max chip.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the M2 Max will include up to a 12-core CPU (up from the M1 Max’s 10 cores) and up to a 38-core GPU (currently up to 32 cores).

Furthermore, the M2 Max will support up to 64GB of unified memory, but more details about the slightly lower-tier M2 Pro chip are unknown.

Interestingly, there were earlier speculations that Apple is developing OLED panels for future devices, including the MacBook Pro, with a release date of 2022.

However, according to the latest reports, OLED technology will not be available until 2024. That means the 2023 update could just be a dream.

Finally, there are speculations that Apple is considering adding Face ID facial recognition for the Mac, with the high-end MacBook Pro models being the first to do so.

In terms of a release date, Apple’s M1 Pro 14/16-inch MacBook models will be refreshed in October 2021.

According to Mark Gurman, Apple does not intend to upgrade the 14/16-inch versions until 2023.

The M2 revamp of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is mostly due to the fact that the series hasn’t been updated since the M1 MBP was debuted in 2020.

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