At the end of last year we saw a report suggesting that Apple could release a new entry-level MacBook Pro in 2022, along with other products. Now, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman further confirms the arrival of the product. It is expected to ship with Apple’s upcoming M2 chipset, although there could be a few compromises as well. View the details.
Apple’s entry-level MacBook Pro on the way
in his last Switch newsletter, Gurman reports that Apple plans to replace the 2020 M1 MacBook with this year’s entry-level model MacBook Pro with the M2 chip. This is in addition to the latest MacBook Pro powered by the latest M1 Max chipset, which launched late last year. Now Apple wants to offer the high-end features of its Pro-series MacBooks to customers at an entry-level price.
But to keep the price low and set it apart from last year’s MacBook Pro models, Gurman expects Apple to make compromises in terms of display and processor. That’s why there must not be a miniLED or a 120Hz ProMotion display on the upcoming MacBook Pro model.
Another compromise could be the processor. While M2 will be the latest to join Apple’s silicone family, it may not be as powerful as the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets recently introduced. In addition, Apple may not offer as many storage options.
“I expected the new entry-level MacBook Pro to rival the high-end MacBook Pros by losing the Touch Bar, but the key differentiators are fewer displays, processors, and storage, and no ProMotion or miniLED,” wrote Gurman.
Furthermore, Apple plans to update many of its products with the upcoming M2 chip, Gurman said. These will most likely be the 24-inch iMac, a entry-level Mac mini, and a new MacBook Air. Rumors have it that the MacBook Air may come with a miniLED display. However, it will not have a ProMotion display.
“It will be one of many Macs in the pipeline with the M2 chip, including updates to the 24-inch iMac, entry-level Mac mini, and refreshed MacBook Air,” he added.
However, details about the 2022 Macs are still not concrete, and we need more details to have a better idea. So, are you excited to check out the upcoming entry-level MacBook Pro? Would you buy it with compromises though? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.