The just-released 2022 13.3” Macbook Pro is the first Mac powered by Apple’s brand new M2 chip, and it will soon be followed by a redesigned 13.6-inch MacBook Air next month. If there was a two-year gap between the first M1 Macs and the first M2 Macs, we may see the first M3 Macs ship in 2023, according to Bloomberg.
In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman revealed that we may see a “deluge” of new Apple products between the fall of 2022 and the first half of 2023. Later this fall, Apple is expected to launch four iPhone 14 models, three new Apple Watch models including a rugged edition for extreme sports fans, and a new entry-level iPad with a USB-C port and optional 5G connectivity.
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Apple is also expected to bring its new M2 chips to several new products this fall, including two new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The M1 Mac Mini released alongside the M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air may also be refreshed with an M2 chip this fall, but Gurman wrote that an M2 Pro model is also in the works.
Gurman expects the regular M2 chip to power Apple’s first AR/MR headset, which the company could announce in January 2023. In addition to the new headset, Apple is also planning to release M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, in the coming months, as well as a redesigned Mac Pro powered by M2 Ultra and a new M2 Extreme chip.
That’s a lot of M2-powered devices, but Apple is already working on an upcoming M3 chip that could make its debut in four Mac models, including a 15-inch MacBook Air. According to Gurman, “the company is planning to use that chip as early as next year with updates to the 13-inch MacBook Air code-named J513, a 15-inch MacBook Air known as J515, a new iMac code-named J433 and possibly a 12-inch laptop that’s still in early development.”
Overall, Gurman believes that Apple is “about to embark on one of the most ambitious periods of new products in its history,” which is quite exceptional for a company that usually slowly iterates. However, there’s still a possibility that the ongoing chip shortages may impact Apple’s product pipeline one way or another.