If you’re a Mac fan, 2022 might have disappointed you a little. That’s because Apple’s Mac roster was surprisingly small over the past year, with far fewer Macs released than we expected. The good news is that we should be getting a lot more Macs in 2023, starting with the spring event soon to come. But what exactly can we hope to see?
In this guide, we’ve rounded up every Mac we expect Apple to launch in 2023. From desktop powerhouses to thin and light laptops, there could be something for everyone over the next 12 months.
Apple Silicon Mac Pro
While almost every Mac has at least one model with an Apple silicon chip, there’s one device that hasn’t made the transition yet: the Mac Pro. Perhaps it took Apple more time to perfect a chip that could meet the needs of professional users. Now the company seems almost ready to unveil its high-end computing workhorse.
the Rumor has it that Mac Pro has had a bit of a bumpy road. First we learned that the super-powerful chip Apple had designed for the Mac Pro – the M2 Extreme – appears to have been abandoned and Apple settled on the smaller M2 Ultra. Then came the news that the next Mac Pro would not have a new design or user-upgradable storage.
This is all disappointing news, so we’ll have to see if the first Apple Silicon Mac Pro will appeal to the demanding users it’s aimed at. The device is expected at a spring event in the coming months, so it shouldn’t take us long to find out.
14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro
Over the years, Apple has made a habit of releasing new MacBook Pro models in the fall. That didn’t happen in 2022 (first time since 2000, in fact), meaning Apple’s pro-level laptops are currently overdue.
On the positive side, new MacBook Pros are coming in 2023 — but we won’t see any game-changing changes. The devices are expected to get new chips, most notably the M2 Pro and M2 Max, which will be modest upgrades from the current M1 Pro and M1 Max. That being said, we don’t think there will be many other changes as the body and display will likely remain the same.
Right now, these MacBook Pro models are slated for Apple’s rumored spring event. Given historical trends, this will likely fall in either March or April.
15 inch MacBook Air
Although the MacBook Air is 15 years old, Apple has never strayed from its 11-inch and 13-inch sizes. However, if the rumors are true, that could all change later this year.
Numerous sources have claimed that Apple isn’t just working on a bigger one 15-inch MacBook Air, but that it could launch sometime in 2023. That would give MacBook Air fans a second size to choose from for the first time since the 11-inch model was phased out in 2016.
Rumor has it that the 15-inch MacBook Air will get a 15.5-inch display. That being said, it will likely be an enlarged version of the 13-inch MacBook Air. OLED displays are apparently in the works but won’t be ready until 2024 at the earliest.
Next-gen Mac mini
In addition to the Mac Pro, there is another Mac that is still equipped with an Intel chip: the Mac mini. Although this computer offers Apple silicon models, they still use the last generation M1 chips. It all means the Mac mini range is due for an upgrade.
That upgrade is expected to come at Apple’s spring event, where the Mac mini will get M2 chips and maybe even an M2 Pro option. That should mean we’re finally seeing the discontinuation of the Intel Mac mini, a zombie computer powered by a long-obsolete processor.
There are conflicting rumors about what other changes we should expect in the next Mac mini. Both journalist Mark Gurman and leaker Jon Prosser have claimed that the device will feature an updated design and more ports. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo however has claimed The Mac mini will likely use the same design as the current model. We’ll likely find out at the spring event, so keep an eye on that area.
Since almost The iMac Pro was discontinued in 2021, there were rumors that Apple was working on a successor. Now the company seems almost ready to unveil the computer to the world, with the release date set to be somewhere in the latter stages of 2023.
It’s not clear at this time whether the device will be branded as the iMac Pro or simply the larger iMac. If it’s the former, expect “professional” design options (think silver and space gray colors), while the latter would likely inherit the bright colors of the current 24-inch iMac.
In any case, we expect the big iMac to adopt chips from the M3 generation, most likely the M3 Pro and M3 Max. It could also come with a high-end screen, perhaps like the one in Apple’s Pro Display XDR.
24 inch iMac
Just as the iMac Pro could make a comeback, the An update is also pending for the 24-inch iMac. The current model was launched in spring 2021, two years is about the right time for a new version.
As with the iMac Pro, we can expect the next iMac to feature M3-generation chips, although in this case we’re expecting the M3 and nothing more advanced like the M3 Pro. It will likely continue with the same colorful designs as the existing model.
Little is known about the next iMac at this point, suggesting the update will likely be fairly minor and may just be limited to the chip upgrade. Rumors are pointing to a late 2023 announcement date, so we’ll likely have to wait a while longer.
What about the 13-inch MacBook Pro?
The 13-inch MacBook Pro sticks out like a sore thumb in Apple’s Mac lineup and is a strong contender Apple’s worst MacBook. It has similar performance and fewer ports compared to the M2 MacBook Air, but costs more. Could we see a new version in 2023?
That seems unlikely given that the 13-inch MacBook Pro was last updated at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2022. We doubt Apple will come out with a new version just a year after releasing the latest model.
Will Apple drop it from the Mac list instead? That is uncertain at the moment. While we’d love to see Apple do this and streamline its Mac offerings, the company would need to lower the price of the 14-inch MacBook Pro in order for it to sell at least one affordable MacBook Pro. That seems unlikely, so the 13-inch model will likely stick around until 2023 – although we’d rather not.