Forget The New MacBook Pro, Apple Has Something Better

Thanks to Apple Siliconthe current M1-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro rejuvenated the macOS laptop tine-up. They caught the attention of Mac lovers and the wider consumer market with improved performance, better battery life, and cooler running temperatures.

They may be attractive, but you don’t want to buy one just yet.

First of all, and perhaps the biggest impact on getting a MacBook Pro right now… they are in very short supply. As reported earlier this week, while there is nothing official from Apple anyone ordering a new MacBook Pro could be facing a delivery date into August. While you may think you want one now, Apple’s supply chain has other ideas.

Speaking of Apple’s ideas, with WWDC 2022 happing in early June, we’re going to see Tim Cook and his team take to the stage to talk about the building blocks of the Mac with the new details on macOS. iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS, and TVOS are all going to be updated as well. Apple is steadily bringing all the disparate hardware elements closer together and this year will be no different.

Much of this will be software-based and backwards compatible to the M1-equipped Macs that started appearing in 2020, but there will be hardware changes coming as well. We’ve already seen that demonstrated with the differences between the first M1 MacBook Air and entry-level MacBook Pro echoing the Intel design with the newer 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models announced in 2021.

No doubt the Air and older Pro laptops are going to pick up the updated design along with the new version of the OS leveraging those changes.

Finally, there’s a big Apple event coming up, and there is always the possibility that new Macs will not just be hinted about, but actually released. Expectations are running high ahead of WWDC that the M2 laptops will arrive… but expectations were also running high ahead of the March event. Will those hopes be dashed and delayed again?

Apple rejuvenated its laptop line-up with the move to Apple Silicon, and in typical Apple style it took a conservative approach to such a large change, focusing just on the silicon; the design changes sneaked in on the larger MacBook Pro models. It’s time for the consumer Air and Pro laptops to be updated.

And we’ll see the new details, if not the new machines, next month.

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