What can we expect from the new MacBook Pro 2022 basic range? What will it be like, how much will it cost, and what features will it have? We’ve got all those answers and more in our MacBook Pro 13 rumor roundup, so let’s dive right in.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro was one of the first devices to be equipped with Apple’s M1 processor, originally in 2020. Now it’s due for an update, and rumors suggest it could come sooner rather than later.
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Price and release date
We’ve had to wait since the end of 2020 for updates to Apple’s most affordable MacBook Pro, and now it seems certain they’ll arrive this year. Numerous outlets have said it’s on the roadmap for 2022, and it makes sense, as the 13-inch Pro version gets updated every one to two years.
Unfortunately, we didn’t see it at the Apple event on March 8. MacRumors had previously claimed to have heard from a reliable source that the device would be unveiled there. Instead, it focused on the new M1 Ultra chip and new products like the Mac Studio and the Studio Display.
But enough about the release date, what about the price? The current MacBook Pro 13 starts at $1,299, and Apple could keep that. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see prices start at $1,399 or even $1,499.
At launch, the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 saw small price increases when they were released in 2021, so the MacBook Pro 13 might not be spared a similar price hike.
There is a school of thought that says that Apple will update the design of the MacBook Pro 13 to bring it in line with the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. That means a slimmer notch and bezels on the display, a more rounded chassis, and the removal of the Touch Bar.
However, we believe that this will not happen. All these changes have a high cost. The MacBook Pro 13 is intended to be an entry-level device, and in the current global situation, Apple is unlikely to want to add cost. If you want to keep them low, they will most likely have to wait.
That idea received support from an anonymous source who spoke to MacRumors. As said, the MacBook Pro 13 will keep the same design as its 2020 edition, including the Touch Bar, and the only major change will be an M2 chip.
Reporter Mark Gurman has largely agreed with that analysis. However, he thinks Apple could find a way to ditch the Touch Bar once and for all.
This would certainly make sense, as the MacBook Pro 13 is currently the only device to carry this feature, and removing it would bring it in line with other MacBooks. However, he does not agree with the idea that external changes are not coming. We will have to see who is right.
If the external appearance of the MacBook Pro 13 is going to remain largely the same, what else can we expect to change? Well, performance is a key area where things are likely to improve.
Right now, the MacBook Pro 13 uses Apple’s 2020 M1 processor. It’s highly unlikely that Apple will equip the next edition with an M1 Pro or M1 Max, as these are high-end chips for high-end devices. performance.
But the company still can’t keep its entry-level MacBook Pro with the same chip for years to come. That means there is only one option left: the M2 processor. This is the next generation version of the M1.
Few details are known at the moment, although journalist Mark Gurman has shared some of his own expectations. He believes the M2 will keep the same number of processor cores as the M1 (eight), but split them more towards performance.
The M1 currently has four high-efficiency and four high-performance cores, but the M2 could upset that balance, perhaps with two of the former and six of the latter. That way you increase performance without investing too much.
Gurman also expects the number of GPU cores to increase, with 10 GPU cores in the M2 instead of the seven or eight (depending on model) in the M1. That should mean better performance when rendering videos and playing games.
Taken together, these aren’t huge changes, and the M2’s estimated performance tests back that up. But the aforementioned improvements should give the entry-level MacBook Pro a bit more oomph in the years to come.
For the rest, do not lose sight of the mention of Ultra Wideband technology or Apple’s U1 chip. in January, 9to5Mac noted references to this feature in the macOS Monterey 12.3 beta, suggesting it could be coming to the Mac in the near future.
This ultra-wideband technology on the U1 chip improves a device’s spatial awareness and allows its host device to better communicate with other U1 products. This translates into faster AirDrop speeds, for example.
Although no iPad model has yet arrived, it is rumored that there will be a new iPad Air at Apple’s March event. Could the U1 appear on both the iPad Air and the MacBook Pro? We’ll have to wait and see.
After several years of absence, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have arrived with a few welcome additions: MagSafe, HDMI, and an SD card reader. Could the MacBook Pro 13 follow suit?
We hope so, but we don’t have high hopes. As we’ve pointed out in the design section, it makes sense for Apple to stick with the existing chassis for this device, which sadly only features USB-C slots. However, we would love to be surprised.
What about the screen? We have to remember that the MacBook Pro 13 is positioned as an entry-level device, so it will likely miss out on some of the more exciting features its higher-end siblings possess.
The MacRumors source, for example, is of the opinion that it will go without the notch, and without it, we can’t expect slimmer bezels either. Mark Gurman, meanwhile, says it will lack the ProMotion and Mini-LED display found on the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. That’s a shame, but not unexpected.
Speaking of displays, the addition of the M2 chip could mean the MacBook Pro 13 has better support for external monitors. The M1 chip only supports one external display at a time, while the M1 Pro and M1 Max support two and three additional displays, respectively.
We expect the M2 to at least catch up with the M1 Pro in this regard, as the current situation is not enough for any device that is advertised as professional-grade.