Previous forecasts for the release of new models of MacBook Pro laptops and compact Mac mini desktops with updated Apple M2 processors indicated that the update should be expected around November of this year. But it seems that the company’s plans have changed.
According to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, the change in plans moves the release of new models to the beginning of March, which also “synchronises” with the release plans of iOS 16.3 and macOS Ventura 13.3, which are scheduled for February-March.
I’m told that Apple is aiming to introduce the upgraded models—including M2-based versions of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros—in the first quarter of calendar 2023 and has tied the launches to the upcoming macOS Ventura 13.3 and iOS 16.3. Those software updates are expected to debut between early February and the beginning of March.
Apple has rarely launched new products in January or February during recent years, so I’d expect the new Macs to be announced by the first half of March. That aligns with the planned ship dates for the corresponding software, but also makes sense in light of Apple’s recent history of launching new Macs during that month, including the Mac Studio this year.
This is also confirmed by the well-proven blog source yeux1122:
Apple’s new M2 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have been postponed without being released.
One example is that related parts and supply chain schedules are starting to move based on early next year. Therefore, rather than being released at the end of November, it is expected that it will be released in the market around March of next year.
Among the updates in the new Macs, you shouldn’t expect anything more than new processors. The redesign of the laptops took place very recently and was quite successful, so it makes no sense to count on more updates. But it would be more interesting to see a Mac Pro with M-processors.