Apple is reportedly cooking up an event this week that may bring its fresh slate of MacBook Pro laptops. The news comes as somewhat of a surprise, because Apple has been rumoured to introduce new Mac hardware around its developer conference in June or in the fall.
The information comes from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who tweeted that Apple has scheduled an announcement for tomorrow. A set of press briefings are expected to happen later this week as well.
The new MacBook Pros are imminent (Apple does have an announcement tomorrow – with press briefings later this week and embargoes lifting next Monday). The new Macs arriving early this year first reported here in October https://t.co/P34OdoMRgZ https://t.co/9JlQ0ueBO1
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) January 16, 2023
Apple introduced the current-gen MacBook Pro in 14-inch and 16-inch trims back in October 2021, offering them in variants with the M1 Pro and M1 Max silicon inside. The successors will come armed with the M2 Pro and M2 Max processors, building upon the processing and AI chops of the M2 silicon fitted inside the 2022 MacBook Air.
The folks over at MacRumors also shared the discovery of one Wade Prenner on Twitter, who spotted an unreleased MacBook Pro carrying the model number A2779. The machine was reportedly listed on the database of Canadian Radio Equipment List.
Temper your wild expectations
The specs of the upcoming MacBook Pro, shown in Wade Prenner’s tweet from the Canadian Radio Equipment List, was approved on Jan. 11 of this year. The listing doesn’t spill the beans about internal hardware, except for a seeming confirmation that it will support Wi-Fi 6E, which means it can latch on to the 6GHz band. Per MacRumors, “the current 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro support standard Wi-Fi 6, which is limited to 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.”
However, buyers shouldn’t expect any major upgrades for the upcoming MacBook Pro. Gurman recently wrote in his PowerOn newsletter that the new Apple laptops will have the same design as their predecessors. This makes sense because the 2021 models sported a new design, and Apple likes to stick with an aesthetic approach for at least a few generations.