The MacBook Pro line continues Apple’s tradition of ongoing product innovation and improvement. Recent sources claim that Apple is developing updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with more potent processors, better displays, and other improvements.
M3 Pro and M3 Max Chips
The M2 Pro and M2 Max CPUs, which were introduced in January 2023, respectively power the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The 13-inch MacBook Pro’s M2 chip, which made its debut in May 2022, is the basis for these chips.
The system on a chip (SoC) known as the M2 integrates the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, RAM, and other components on a single die. The M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, which add more cores, memory, and graphics capability to the M2 CPU, have improved it.
Apple is reportedly developing new CPUs for the upcoming edition of its MacBook Pro models because it is unhappy with the way they are performing at the moment. According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the new CPUs, called M3 Pro and M3 Max, will “probably” make their appearance by the middle of 2024 at the latest.
The new chips, according to Gurman, will have higher clock speeds, larger cache memory, and interoperability with more external devices than the present ones. He further asserts that the new CPUs would support iOS and macOS apps, enabling cross-platform functionality between the MacBook Pro and the iPad Pro.
Apple to Launch New 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models With More Power-Efficient Displays This Year:
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) October 5, 2023
Liquid Retina XDR Display
The display for Apple’s new MacBook Pro models is another significant improvement. At 2560×1664 pixels and 2880×1864 pixels, respectively, the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have Liquid Retina screens. These screens offer broad color (P3), True Tone technology, and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos. Their brightness is 500 nits.
Apple is apparently trying to integrate the Liquid Retina XDR technology that it debuted in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in April 2021 in order to enhance the display quality of its next MacBook Pro models.
The Liquid Retina XDR display is a mini-LED screen that supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats and has a peak brightness of up to 1600 nits. It also has a contrast ratio of one million to one and a lighting system made up of thousands of tiny LEDs.
Additionally, the resolution of the Liquid Retina XDR display is higher than that of the existing MacBook Pro display at 2732×2048 pixels. Apple is anticipated to release its new MacBook Pro models with Liquid Retina XDR displays in late 2023 or early 2024, according to News18.
In order to handle the new displays’ increased resolution and brightness, the rumour also states that Apple would raise the screen size of its new MacBook Pro models to 15 inches and 17 inches, respectively.
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In addition to the new chips and displays, Apple is also likely to introduce other enhancements to its new MacBook Pro models. Some of these enhancements could include:
- A redesigned chassis that is thinner and lighter than the current models.
- A new MagSafe charging port that replaces the USB-C port for power delivery.
- A Face ID system that uses a TrueDepth camera for biometric authentication.
- A notch at the top of the display that houses the Face ID system and other sensors.
- A larger trackpad that supports Force Touch and Multi-Touch gestures.
- A Touch Bar that is more responsive and customizable than the current version.
- A higher-quality webcam that supports 4K video recording and computational video.
- A better keyboard that has improved key travel, durability, and backlighting.
- A longer battery life can last up to 24 hours on a single charge.
Price and Availability
Although Apple has yet to release specifics regarding the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh, the company typically introduces new models in October or November. The current MacBook Pro lineup begins at Rs 1,99,900 for the 14-inch model with M2 Pro processor and Rs 2,49,900 for the 16-inch model with M2 Max chip.
The new versions could have a similar or slightly higher pricing point. Apple and authorized resellers will offer the new MacBook Pro versions for purchase.
According to reports, Apple is getting ready to release new MacBook Pro models that will significantly outperform the current versions in terms of power and display quality. The new devices will include Liquid Retina XDR displays, M3 Pro and M3 Max CPUs, and other upgrades that will make them perfect for creative and professional users.
The next MacBook Pro versions are anticipated to go on sale by the middle of 2024 at the latest and will cost about the same as the present models, if not slightly more.