After the launch of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in Apple M2 version, rumors about a new 15-inch MacBook began to circulate on the Internet. Bloomberg recently reported that Apple plans to release a new MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen, as well as a 12-inch model in 2023.
Today, Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable Apple analyst, claims that the company will indeed show up the first 15-inch MacBook Air coming next year, but the 12-inch model is in limbo.
In a recent tweet, Kuo shared his views on the development of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook (without the “Air” name). According to Kuo, the new, larger MacBook Expected to be mass-produced in the first half of 2023. He also predicted that the device will go on sale in the third quarter of 2023.
1. The new 15″ MacBook would go into mass production in the middle of 1H23, and the launch date could be 2Q23 or later.
2. The new 15″ MacBook can offer two processor options, M2 (with 35W adapter) and M2 Pro (with 67W adapter).
3. I haven’t heard of any rumored plans for a 12″ MacBook yet. https://t.co/zm09nMvG7R
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) June 15, 2022
Also, Kuo mentioned that the device will come with two processor options. According to the analyst, Apple offers the new 15-inch MacBook with either the Apple M2 chipset (with a 35W adapter) or the M2 Pro chipset (with a 67W adapter).
According to the Bloomberg report, Apple originally planned to release the 15-inch MacBook Air alongside this year’s 13-inch model. But, the company would haveshelved those plans to focus on the 13.6-inch version“.
A certain logic
Apart from the 15-inch MacBook, Bloomberg also reported that Apple plans to release a new 12-inch MacBook. Although Kuo says he hasn’t heard of this 12-inch model yet. However, DSCC analyst Ross Young previously reported that Apple “expect a new variant of the MacBook Air for 2023, with a screen of around 15 inches“. So yes, the 15-inch model certainly seems to be in the works.
Either way, this would be the first MacBook to feature the “Pro” chip as an upgrade to the standard chip. In previous models, the M1 Pro and M1 Max configurations were not offered as options alongside a product that was also sold with an M1 standard.
In terms of timing, this rollout would match the order in which Apple developed the M1 lineup. After introducing its first chip, the M1, Apple launched the M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra the following year, each at least doubling the performance of the previous one. If this trend continues, an M2 Pro, M2 Max and M2 Ultra could see the light of day in 2023, so hints of an M2 Pro are hardly surprising.