Forget the new MacBook Pro, Apple has something better

Forget the new MacBook Pro, Apple has something better

What’s next for the MacBook family after Apple decided to break a two-decade streak of launches by not announcing a new Mac in the final quarter of the year? I’m sure the faithful will always be waiting for the latest releases, but anyone else who is currently shopping for a new MacBook might be considering Apple’s current offering in general, and the latest MacBook Pro in particular.

Yet every other option available both now and in the near future is a far better choice than Apple’s latest laptop.

First, a reminder that the current new MacBook Pro (released at WWDC in June 2022) is Apple’s awkward combination of an M2-powered MacBook Air and a MacGyvered fan for added cooling. This makes the processor run a little faster than the Air, but you’re paying a lot for that slight increase over the Air. If you’re playing the MacBook game for power, you need a “professional” MacBook Pro; If you’re looking for Apple’s definition of value for money, stick with the MacBook Air.

What about those looking for raw power? The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets are more powerful but build on the previous generation of Apple Silicon. The much-anticipated upgrade to the presumably named M2 Pro and M2 Max, which many were expecting to arrive in Q4 2022, hasn’t appeared. They are planned for the first half of 2023.

Those looking for a larger laptop have plenty to choose from in the Windows market, but Apple has retained the larger-screen MacBook selection under the Pro designation. As Apple Silicon raises the baseline of performance to a level more than adequate for most consumers (even if Tim Cook and his team missed their deadline), a larger screen on the MacBook Air would be one of the most anticipated upgrades. The supply chain indicates that Apple is preparing a 15-inch display for its consumer laptop – an option that would be a welcome change from Apple’s traditional portfolio.

It’s also worth asking if you actually need a laptop. Are you leaving your desk and working on the go enough to justify portability, or would a smartphone or tablet paired with an iMac or Mac Studio be a better choice?

You can look elsewhere in the current range, save up for a real powerhouse laptop or wait for a larger display. Apple has many options now and in the near future… and they’re all better than the new MacBook Pro.

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