Apple’s entry-level MacBook Pro to get refreshed with M2 chip this year

Meanwhile, the upcoming MacBook Air is expected to have a mini LED display.

Highlights
  • Entry-level MacBook Pro to get refreshed with the M2 chip.
  • Gurman suggests that the upcoming entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro will ditch the Touch Bar like the higher-end models, but it won’t come with either the mini LED or the ProMotion display.
  • Apple is also expected to refresh the MacBook Air, 24-inch iMac, and Mac mini with the M2 chip.

Last year, Apple updated the MacBook Pro lineup with the new M1 family chips. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro’s got the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. But, the entry-level M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Pro was left out. However, later several rumours started pointing towards an M2 powered entry-level MacBook Pro coming this year. Now, we have a new scoop about the purported entry-level M2 MacBook Pro. In a recent newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that the upcoming entry-level MacBook Pro would be coming with the same design as its 14-inch and 16-inch counterparts but with some trade-offs.

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In the latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Gurman suggests the upcoming entry-level MacBook Pro may ditch the Touch Bar as its higher-end siblings. Still, some compromises will be made to differentiate it from the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro’s. 

“I’d expect the new entry-level MacBook Pro to match the high-end MacBook Pros by losing the Touch Bar, but key differentiators will be lesser displays, processors, and storage, and no ProMotion nor mini LED. It’ll be one of many Macs in the pipeline with the M2 chip, including refreshes to the 24-inch iMac, entry-level Mac mini, and revamped MacBook Air,” says Mark Gurman in the Power On newsletter.

As per Gurman, the entry-level MacBook Pro and higher-end MacBook Pro would differ in displays, processors, and storage. one key differentiator would be no mini LED or ProMotion display for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. 

Further, he reaffirms that the entry-level MacBook Pro will be coming with the M2 chip. Not just that, he suggests that it’s one of the many Macs that are supposed to get refreshed with the M2 chip, including a 24-inch iMac, an entry-level Mac mini, and an all-new MacBook Air which might come with a mini LED display. These new M2-powered Macs are expected to be released in the second half of 2022, once Apple’s done with releasing the last of M1 Pro and M1 Max machines.