Apple broke a 21-year-long tradition last week by not releasing any new Macs in the fourth quarter of the year for the first time since 2000, as previously anticipated devices like the next-generation MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models were apparently released. has been thrown out. for this year.

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Historically, Apple launched at least one new Mac model each year in the fourth quarter that runs between October and December, starting with the launch of the iBook G3 in 2001. This means that at the end of the year a new Mac arrives for the entire lifespan of product lines, including the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The last Mac released by Apple is the M2 MacBook Air, which was launched on July 15, 2022. Depending on how long Apple waits to launch its next Mac, the time since the launch of the MacBook Air could be among the longest periods without a new one. Mac model exactly.

It was initially rumored that the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would be revealed before the end of 2022, a time frame that appears to be supported by some mass production forecasts. It is now almost certain that these devices have been largely shelved. The MacBook Pro delay first became apparent when Korean blogger “yeux1122” cited a supply chain source as saying that the updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models won’t launch until March 2023. the picture became clear when BloombergMark Gurman said in October that the next wave of Mac releases would now happen in the first quarter of 2023, including updated versions of the MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro. Overall, this constitutes a delay of up to six months for the next-generation MacBook Pro models from what was originally expected.

The Mac Pro is another device that was once strongly believed to launch before the end of 2022, not least because it would tie into Apple’s desire to transition the entire Mac lineup to Apple silicon within two years. At its “Peak Performance” event last year, Apple directly teased the launch of the new Silicon Mac Pro, saying “that’s for another day.” While Apple reportedly had an M1-variant of the Mac Pro ready to launch earlier in 2022, the company is looking forward to an even bigger performance and efficiency jump this year. Recently, Gurman said that Apple had scrapped plans for the “M2 Extreme” chip, but the M2 Ultra configuration of the new Mac Pro is still on track for a 2023 launch.

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