At the moment, Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops consist of three models – the 13-inch model, 14-inch model, and 16-inch models. However, the 14-inch and 16-inch models are more expensive compared to the 13-inch models as they are using the M1 Pro and Max chipsets that are more powerful.
However, a tweet from leaker Dylandkt claims that Apple could potentially end up replacing the 14-inch model. The tweet claims that in the second half of 2022, Apple could launch a new 14-inch MacBook Pro that will feature the use of the M2 chipset. This will be a cheaper alternative to the M1 Pro 14-inch model, and could also replace the 13-inch model in the process.
The currently available M1 MacBook Pro 13 will be replaced with a MacBook Pro 14 with an M2 chip in the 2H of 2022. It will receive a slight price increase over the previous generation. Alongside this release time frame, we will receive the redesigned M2 MacBook (Air).
— Dylan (@dylandkt) January 17, 2022
In a way this makes sense. There are too many MacBook Pro configurations right now and the difference in size between the 13-inch and 14-inch models are too small to really make a difference. We imagine that most people who choose the 13-inch over the 14-inch model is probably due to price, as opposed to size, so creating a cheaper M2 version of the 14-inch model could be a way to help Apple streamline its offerings.
It has been a little over a year since Apple introduced the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, so it is most definitely due for a refresh, so the second half of 2022 makes sense. Take this with a grain of salt, but hopefully we’ll have more details in the coming months.