Everything we know about the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max

The first update to Apple’s 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models for 2021 might be released as early as this month. Here’s everything we expect to see with the M2 Pro chip and M2 Max chip MacBook Pro notebooks so far.

Is this a possible email?
Have you ever been in a meeting when an email would have sufficed? This year’s MacBook Pro/iPad Pro event may experience that.

Over the past two weeks, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg has made suggestions that it’s unlikely that Apple will host a second fall event this year. Apple could simply issue a press release and brief a small number of members of the tech media on the new devices.

This is partially due to the fact that the major upgrade to these Macs consists primarily of more powerful versions. But that doesn’t rule out the prospect of exterior improvements.

MacBook Pro colours in 2022?
Expecting space gray and silver MacBook Pro colors again is the safe bet. But since the last batch of MacBook Pros, something has changed. Apple released a midnight-colored, deeper aluminium finish in June. This blackish-blue metal colour has only been seen on the MacBook Air thus far.

The MacBook Pro would appear more modern and would be the first notebook with an all-black keyboard to be released in the new hue. While many still await an all-black MacBook Pro, this would be a great alternative to silver and space gray.

Customers of MacBook Pros last year were similarly dissatisfied with the USB-C MagSafe 3 cable because it was only available in white/silver. It complements the silver MacBook Pro’s hue, but space grey users cannot use it. Since then, Apple has made color-coordinated USB-C to MagSafe 3 cables available in midnight, starlight, and space grey. Apple will undoubtedly include the space grey model with space grey MacBook Pros when this edition is released.

M2 Max and Pro
Finally, internal factors are what really motivated the update.

Apple introduced its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors in October 2021 alongside 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Last spring, the business continued the Apple silicon upgrade train by releasing the even more potent M1 Ultra.

Then, in June, Apple released the MacBook Air, kicking off the M2 cycle. We can probably expect the same M1 to M2 performance boost, just scaled up for Pro and Max versions in new MacBook Pros. Yes, in order to avoid throttling, that might require increased fan participation. That has yet to be determined.

This probably won’t be a year-over-year update that M1 Max consumers need unless you’re getting the best performance out of your MacBook Pro. The M2 Max is your chance if you purchased an M1 Pro last year and are ready for a Max flavour instead.

The focus of these new processors will be graphics performance, according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg.

Here are some additional potential uses for the new MacBook Pros:

Fast charging for the 16-inch MacBook Pro via USB-C was not quite possible with the M1 Pro/Max model.

Extra RAM? With M2, Apple raised the maximum RAM for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

webcam at Center Stage? Most likely not, especially in light of the Studio Display uproar.

Version M2 Ultra? Keep your breath in check. The performance of Ultra, which is essentially two Max chips, would undoubtedly drain the battery quickly.

High Power Mode on the M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro cranks up graphics-intensive workloads while also extending battery life. Maybe more variants of the new MacBook Pro will include this feature.

Stay tuned to hear more about the M2 Pro and M2 Ultra 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, whether it be through a press release or an Apple event.