Apple refreshes the MacBook Pro models on a regular basis, and in 2022, we could potentially see new versions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the higher-end 14-inch and 16-inch versions. Rumors suggest a new 13-inch model could come as soon as spring, while we haven't heard much at all about a refresh of the larger models given that they just launched in October 2021.
For now, this guide focuses on the 13-inch MacBook Pro that we're expecting to see refreshed first, but it will be updated as we hear more about all of the MacBook Pro models.
13-Inch MacBook Pro
Apple last refreshed the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro in November 2020 when it debuted the first M1 Macs. It came out alongside the MacBook Air and the M1 Mac mini, and all three product lines are due for an update.
Rumors suggest the 13-inch MacBook Pro will see no design updates, continuing to feature the same chassis with a Touch Bar, a feature that has been eliminated from the higher-end 14-inch and 16-inch machines. Not all rumors have agreed on the Touch Bar, however, as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has suggested that Apple will remove it.
Given the lower cost, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro will not include a mini-LED display, nor is it expected to support 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates.
With no design changes, the biggest change coming to the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be the updated M2 chip.
Since the launch of the M1, Apple has been working on a followup, which will presumably be called the "M2." The M2 is expected to have the same 8-core CPU as the M1, but there will be speed and efficiency improvements as it could be built on a smaller node.
As for GPU improvements, it will have additional GPU cores. 9 and 10-core GPU options are expected to be available, up from the 7 and 8-core GPU options available in the original M1. The M2 will not be as powerful as the M1 Pro and the M1 Max, which will be succeeded by the M2 Pro and M2 Max.
Apple is expected to use the M2 chip in the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 2022 MacBook Air.
14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models came out in November 2021, and we haven't heard much about new models at this point in time. Apple presumably won't go for a design refresh because the 2021 models had a new look with mini-LED display, but we can count on new chips.
We don't know what to expect just yet, but forthcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will likely use the future M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
Rumors out of the Apple supply chain from both DigiTimes and a Chinese source that previously provided accurate information on Apple's MacBook Pro models have suggested that Apple could introduce the 13-inch MacBook Pro at its spring event, which is expected to take place on Tuesday, March 8.
If accurate, we'll be seeing the M2 chip as soon as March, which is earlier than previously suggested. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said that Apple has a new 13-inch MacBook Pro in the works, but he has not provided specific information on a release date.